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April 25

BORN:

Gwen Jorgensen – 

Gwen Jorgensen is an American distance runner and former triathlete. She was born on April 25, 1986 in Wisconsin. She is currently 34. She was the 2014 and 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series champion. She was also named USA Triathlon’s Olympic/ITU female athlete of the year in 2013 and 2014. In the 2014 ITU, Gwen placed first in four consecutive World Series races, something no other female had done in the history of the series. She kept winning races, and her streak extended through 2015, where she won a total of 13 consecutive races by the end of the year. Her streak finally ended in 2016. Gwen was a member of the 2012 Olympic team, where she suffered a flat tire and ended in 38th place. She was again in the 2016 Olympics, where she won the USA’s first-ever triathlon gold medal with a time of 1 hour, 56 minutes, and 16 seconds.  

Gwen Jorgensen winner in Stockholm 2013 -4.jpg

DIED:

Bobby Pickett – 

Bobby Pickett was born on February 11th, 1938. He was an American singer, songwriter, actor, and comedian. Bobby served in the U.S. Army from 1956 through 1959, but he began his musical career as a vocalist for a local swing band before he went. Bobby co-wrote “Monster Mash” along with Leonard Capizzi in 1962, which was inspired by the dances that were popular at the time, including the Twist and the Mashed Potato, which inspired the title of the song. Every major record label had declined the song, but Gary S. Paxton, a record producer, decided he would produce it. When it was released, it became a big hit and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks. After Monster Mash, Bobby recorded many other songs, including three Monster Mash sequels. Bobby created two musicals, published his autobiography, appeared in a few films, and performed for “The Lost 45s with Barry Scott” Halloween show for many years. On April 25, 2007, Bobby died of Leukemia at 69.  

Bobby Pickett - Wikipedia

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