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Journalist Patrick J. Kiger tells the stories of people who make their mark in ways big and small.

Glenn Frey: Eagles Singer, Songwriter, Cofounder

If there was a band that epitomized the zeitgeist of the mid-1970s, it was the Eagles, a quintet of laid-back troubadours who filled sports stadiums with fans clamoring to hear “Take It Easy,” “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Hotel California,” “Already Gone” and other hits. A key part of the band’s massive success was Glenn Frey, who passed away on Jan. 18 at age 67 in New York. The ruggedly handsome, square-jawed tenor and his bandmate Don Henley were the Lennon-McCartney of country …

Alan Rickman: An Accomplished Villain

British actor Alan Rickman’s dozens of roles ranged from the husband who strayed and quickly regretted it in Love, Actually (2003) to a terrorist leader in action thriller Die Hard (1988). But Rickman, who died Jan. 14 at age 69, probably resonated most with millions of Harry Potter fans as Severus Snape, the icy, humorless potion-mixing magic instructor in the hit movie franchise. Famous People We Lost in 2015 » No matter what his role, Rickman seemed to excel, in part, …

David Bowie: Rock’s Protean Genius

When David Bowie burst into America’s consciousness in the early 1970s, he was the sort of pop music star the world had never seen before — an androgynous, pasty-faced English enigma with a bouffant of flaming red hair, who sang not of romance or fast cars, but of an extraterrestrial savior coming to rescue our planet from itself. Famous People We Lost in 2015 » But that was just the early version of Bowie, who, before his death on Jan. 10 …

Natalie Cole: The Legend’s Daughter Was a Star, Too

Natalie Cole, the daughter of legendary pop and jazz crooner Nat King Cole, was such a talented singer in her own right that she could have changed her name and still been a huge star. Famous People We Lost in 2015 » She soared to stardom in 1975, winning a Grammy for best female R&B performance as well as best new artist for her hit single “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).” That song made it to the top of Billboard’s …

Fred Thompson: He Didn’t Just Play a Lawyer on TV

With his imposing stature and deep voice, Fred Thompson, who played district attorney Arthur Branch on the long-running TV series Law & Order, was utterly believable as a tough-but-wise authority figure. But Thompson, who passed away Nov. 1 at age 73 in Nashville, didn’t just play a lawyer — he was one in real life. He first gained public attention as minority counsel for the Senate Watergate committee in 1973, when his questioning exposed a secret White House taping system. …

Maureen O’Hara: She Was Hollywood’s Redheaded Queen

With her flamboyantly fiery tresses, porcelain complexion and emerald green eyes, Maureen O’Hara was made for Technicolor. But it wasn’t on her Irish looks alone that O’Hara, who passed away on Oct. 24 at age 95 in Boise, Idaho, became the leading lady of such classics as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), How Green Was My Valley (1941) and The Quiet Man (1952). Her most compelling quality, she wrote in her 2004 autobiography, was “my inner strength, something I …