Red Klotz played until he was 63

Louis Herman Klotz: Basketball player and coach whose Washington Generals side lost thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters

Before he became the biggest loser in sporting history, Red Klotz knew how to win. He was a diminutive basketball star in his home town of Philadelphia and played for a championship professional team in the 1940s. But he didn’t become famous until he became player-coach of the Washington Generals in 1952. He played with the Generals until he was 63 and coached until he was 75.

Otto Piene

Otto Piene: Painter and sculptor best known for the ‘Olympic Rainbow’ which illuminated the Munich sky in 1972

‘People got the feeling that there was a reason to hope,’ he said of his most famous sculpture

Cole: Ronald Hayman wrote of his ‘basilisk prose that fixes its subject matter with a cold, clean, killing gaze’

Barry Cole: Critically acclaimed novelist and poet whose career was overshadowed by the death of his friend BS Johnson

Johnson was in his bath; next to a half-full bottle of brandy was a suicide note: 'Barry – finish this'

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Journalist and manager who helped make the Marquee Club in Soho the epicentre of British rock in the 1960s

Many of the rock musicians who came out of the British Isles in the mid-1960s to conquer the world first achieved notoriety at the Marquee Club, which was then located at 90 Wardour Street in Soho. With its striped canopy, transferred from its original premises in Oxford Street, where the jazz-loving accountant Harold Pendleton had established the club in 1958, the Marquee helped launch the careers of groups like the Moody Blues, The Who and Free as well as performers such as Al Stewart, Elton John and David Bowie.

Kevin Skinner: All Black celebrated for a hard-man display against South Africa in 1956 which entered sporting mythology

Kevin Skinner entered the sporting mythology of two nations on a single afternoon. Rugby has rarely been played in a more fevered atmosphere than in 1956 when, as New Zealand’s eminently sober contemporary historian James Belich records, “the country went to war… with the South African rugby union team.”

Vera and Vladimir Derer at their home in Golders Green, north London, in 1981

Vladimir Derer: Campaign for Labour Party Democracy co-founder who helped modernise the party and make it more electable

Vladimir Derer escaped to Britain from Czechoslovakia when the Second World War broke out and remained to play a significant role in making the Labour Party more democratic. He led the way in introducing constitutional changes that helped turn it into a modern party, making its leaders more answerable to its membership at large and the party more electable.

Actress Dora Bryan in 1950

Dora Bryan: Actress and singer with an eight-decade career who became best known for her role in A Taste of Honey

Dora Bryan was one of Britain's most admired and loved entertainers. She had notable careers on the stage, in films and on television, and will be remembered particularly fondly by those who saw her in intimate revue during the last decade or so that the form flourished.

Sharland, third from the right, in 1993, reunited with some of her fellow ATA Spitfire pilots

First Officer Freydis Sharland: Veteran of wartime Air Transport Auxiliary who braved hazardous conditions to deliver Spitfires

First Officer Freydis Sharland delivered 110 new Spitfires, and many other aircraft, from factory to airfield in the last two years of the Second World War. She joined the elite women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary, who flew every machine that men did, and was one of those lucky enough to receive equal pay with men for their daring after a campaign in Parliament at last in 1943 rectified earlier injustice.

Clark in 1966: Baggies fans relished his unquenchable spirit as much as his abundant skill

Clive Clark: Free-scoring left-winger who helped West Bromwich Albion reach a hat-trick of cup finals in the 1960s

Clive Clark was a feisty firecracker of a footballer, a goalscoring left-winger who shone consistently for West Bromwich Albion throughout the 1960s, particularly during their serial cup exploits, and he could consider himself unlucky never to receive a full England cap. Although he collected a winner's medal in both major domestic knock-out competitions, Clark is remembered most vividly for his prolific contribution to the Baggies' ultimately frustrating League Cup campaign of 1966-67.

Albrecht: he split with his brother Karl over whether or not to sell cigarettes in Aldi

Karl Albrecht: Businessman who with his brother Theo established the Aldi discount supermarket chain as a global market leader

Karl Albrecht was the billionaire entrepreneur who with his brother, Theo Albrecht (Independent obituary, 14 August 2010), created the successful international discount supermarket chain, Aldi. At the time of his death he was the richest person in Germany, with an estimated fortune of around $26 billion.

Thomas Berger: Writer who crossed genres but was best known for his exploration of the Wild West in 'Little Big Man'

Thomas Berger was a witty and eclectic author best known for reimagining the Wild West in the historical novel Little Big Man. He also mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce. One of the last major American authors to have served in the Second World War, Berger wrote more than 20 books, including the autobiographical "Rinehart" series, a Little Big Man sequel and The Feud, about warring families in a 1930s Midwest community.

Ryan in 1975, two years before the Annan Committee declared: 'ITN has the edge over BBC news'

Nigel Ryan: Editor of ITN who consolidated 'News at Ten', launched 'First Report' and put more female journalists on screen

A tall, raffish figure with a quirky sense of humour, Nigel Ryan presided over ITN as its editor when ITV's news producer was going from strength to strength and trailblazing a path the BBC struggled to match. The crowning glory of his time as editor (1968-77) was cited in the 1977 report by Lord Annan's Committee into the Future of Broadcasting, which declared: "We subscribe to the generally held view that ITN has the edge over BBC news."

Lange: he was known for his stark warnings on the dangers of neglecting proper drug therapy

Joep Lange: Scientist and researcher in the forefront of the battle against HIV/Aids who was killed on Flight MH17

Joep Lange was one of the many Aids researchers who died in Ukraine on Flight MH17, depriving the world of an invaluable store of expertise on the HIV virus. For decades he combined meticulous research, theoretical insights, international administration and academic work with an astonishing passion and determination to fight the disease.

Sainsbury in action for Hampshire against Essex at Basingstoke in 1972

Peter Sainsbury: Cricketer and coach who became the only player to feature in both Hampshire's County Championship titles

Peter Sainsbury was at the heart of Hampshire cricket, as player and coach, for almost 40 years. He alone played in both their championship-winning sides, in 1961 and 1973.

Harris as Sarah the Cook in the 2011-12 production of 'Dick Whittington' at Bath Theatre Royal

Chris Harris: Doyen of pantomime dames and authority on the genre who took his one-man show 'Kemp's Jig' around the world

Energy and enthusiasm were two qualities Chris Harris always seemed to possess, in an inexhaustible supply. Actor, writer, director and mime artist, he was also a leading authority on pantomime and was cherished in his native West Country for his Christmas stage treats. Harris always took care to combine rhyming couplets and childrens' torchlight sing-alongs with specific local references, often uttered by his Dames. Described in this paper by the late Miles Kington as "the funniest Dame I ever saw", Harris also found a global audience through historical solo shows, that rendered him, in his own words "a one man mummer – not just a comic turn".

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