For the The Amazing Meeting 9 (TAM9) being held by the James Randi Educational Foundation in Las Vegas this weekend, I prepared two presentations to run during the breaks, between the main speakers. These slides commemorated the folks related to the skeptic movement whom we have lost in 2010 and 2011. (Between TAM8 and TAM9).
The thought was to have something akin to the “In Memoriam” reel run on The Oscars and other similar awards shows. We first did this last year at TAM8, after I suggested it to the organizers and volunteered to put it together.
Unfortunately the A/V guy let me down and never ran one set, and the other one ran during lunch on Saturday when few people were in the room. Also, of course, many other skeptics were unable to attend the event. So here they are. There are two separate presentations, one for skeptics and scientists and one for proponents of pseudoscience and the paranormal. You can view them after the break…
Here are the In Memoriam slides, containing skeptics:
Here are the “Passages” slides, containing paranormal and pseudoscience proponents and believers:
Thanks to all the folks on Twitter and on the JREF Forum who helped me collect this information.
Update July 26: Some of the names in the second slide deck were not displaying properly. Now fixed.
Update October 5, 2013: A notable omission from the In Memoriam reel above is C.E.M. Hansel (October 12, 1917 – 28 March, 2011) who was a CSICOP Fellow and spoke at several of their conferences.