The greatest stuntman who ever lived had an insatiable appetite for confronting death in innovative ways such as completing the first airplane-to-airplane skydive. He was killed in a simple fall off a motorcycle, proving that life is one thing and death is another.
In the words of Dylan “there’s no success like failure.” Osman’s brazen climbing style led to repeated falls off sheer rock faces and an obsession with falling itself. When a rope broke at 100 miles an hour, Dan’s free-fall cell call to his friends was cancelled.
When friends told her to restrain her singing style to save her voice, The Pearl’s response was to question why anyone would want to live a long time singing half-heartedly. She wasn’t real pretty, but she had satin sheets and classy pals.
This passionate and well-connected fan of humankind set the bar for self-sacrifice and in the process became the subject of the most popular book ever written. His shroud of Turin became the inspiration for deadwear.
One of the original female role models, Aerhardt combined questionable piloting skills with a strong sense of destiny and proved that in the end, destiny wins. Even to this day no one really knows how or if she died. Obviously, we’re assuming she did.
He never traveled much and mostly hung out with a pretty dull crowd. Which isn’t to say that this co-founder of existentialism didn’t walk a fine line between life and death. Just in his head, is all. Fascinated by the vain yet essential pursuit of perfection and apparently reincarnated as an ad writer, he coined the line “Just do it.”
He was cold in his grave by the time his image hit the big screen and the celluloid hero was born. A complex man who played fair basketball, Dean’s comment that “what is essential is invisible to the eye” turned out to be prophecy, as his silver Porsche Spyder collided with Donald Turnipseed’s Ford to create a rebel without a pulse.