Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Reuben Klamer (died September 14th, aged 99)

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Reuben Klamer, the creator and designer of the modern version of the classic Milton Bradley board game The Game of Life, passed away on September 14th at age 99. Klamer was also the inventor of the original Fisher-Price Preschool Trainer Skates, the Art Linkletter Hoop, Gaylord the Walking Dog, Moon Rocks, Dolly Darlings, Erector-Constructor Sets, and Busy Blocks and Zoo-It-Yourself.

Aside from being a toy designer, Klamer also worked as special effects and props designer on a few TV shows, including NBC’s spy fiction series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the classic Star Trek TV series. Klamer notably developed the phaser rifle used in the first Star Trek installments.

Interesting facts about BTS
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  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
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