Talk Of The Nation's Tribute To Lives Lost In 2008 Talk of the Nation reached out to friends and colleagues at NPR to ask them to remind us of some of the remarkable men and women who died in 2008. They responded with personal stories about the people who inspired them.

Talk Of The Nation's Tribute To Lives Lost In 2008

Talk Of The Nation's Tribute To Lives Lost In 2008

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Clockwise from top left: musician Andy Palacio, animator Bill Melendez, comedian George Carlin and Social Security Commissioner Robert Ball.

Clockwise from top left:

author and activist Barbara Seaman, film director Youssef Chahine, newspaper publisher Tom Gish and longtime NPR greeter Gary Smith.

Talk of the Nation reached out to friends and colleagues at NPR to ask them to remind us of some of the remarkable people who died in 2008. Here are their responses:

Howard Berkes remembers newspaper publisher Tom Gish.

David Greene shares memories of Gary Smith, NPR's longtime greeter.

Neda Ulaby writes about Egyptian film director Youssef Chahine.

Amy Blaszyk pays tribute to Peanuts animator Bill Melendez.

Margot Adler was inspired by author and women's activist Barbara Seaman.

Joanne Silberner remembers Robert Ball, former Social Security commissioner.

Greg Dixon appreciates Andy Palacio, Garifuna musician.

Josh Rogosin has fond memories of comedian George Carlin.

Karen Grigsby Bates pays tribute to Hawaiian activist and historian Richard Marks.

Phillip Martin and Bianca Baggio remember their dear friends U.T. Saunders and Cherry Enoki.