ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Norman Vaughan, a dog handler and driver in Adm. Richard Byrd’s 1928 expedition to the South Pole, died Friday just a few days after turning 100 years old. Vaughan died at Providence Alaska Medical Center surrounded by family and friends, said nursing supervisor Martha George. He was well enough Dec. 17 to enjoy a birthday celebration at the hospital attended by more than 100 friends and hospital workers. His actual birthday was Monday. Vaughan’s motto was “Dream big and dare to fail.” Days before his 89th birthday, he and his wife, Carolyn Muegge-Vaughan, returned to Antarctica and climbed to the summit of 10,320-foot Mount Vaughan, the mountain Byrd named in his honor. Vaughan left Harvard University to join Byrd on his expedition, which included creation of the first settlement in Antarctica and the first air flight over the South Pole. He was part of a crew that drove dog teams 1,500 miles across the frozen continent to collect geological samples and other scientific data.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “It was the climax of our dream,” he told The Associated Press in a 2005 interview at his Anchorage home. “We had to risk failure to get there.” Vaughan sought adventure his entire life. His exploits included finishing the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race six times after age 70. At age 96, he carried the Olympic torch in Juneau, passing the flame from a wheelchair, 70 years after he competed in the Olympics as a sled dog racer. Vaughan wanted to climb Mount Vaughan again to celebrate his 100th birthday but the expedition fell short of money. He planned to sip champagne at the summit – the first taste of alcohol for the lifetime teetotaler. Vaughan had a taste of champagne during a birthday celebration, however.
Yuvraj Singh has always managed to grab eyeballs be it with his batting, his fielding or his life off the field. Even now when he’s not wearing the blue jersey and not smashing sixes, he has everybody hooked on to the news surrounding his marriage with Bollywood actress Hazel Keech.The BCCI selectors can ignore him all they want but Yuvraj will still manage to remain the darling of the masses. Crowd puller is the word which perfectly describes him. Yuvraj’s connect with the Indian cricket fans remains as strong as when he was a regular in the Indian team.The connection goes far back. Ever since Yuvraj broke into the Indian ODI team in 2000 he became a player to watch out for, not just for the opposition but for cricket lovers as well. In his debut innings he played a match-winning knock of 84 against Australia at Nairobi which setup a 20-run victory for India. He had class written all over him and he demonstrated it perfectly by smashing the likes of Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie all around the Gymkhana Club Ground.(Reuters Photo)India got a destructive middle-order batsman in its ranks who became a favourite among the fans thanks to his six-hitting abilities. For the next decade all that was expected of Yuvraj was to hit sixes and win matches for India. He didn’t disappoint.Yuvi could hit sixes at will, owned the backward point position with his lightning quick fielding and got crucial breakthroughs for the team with his left-arm spin. He was a full package and a star was in the making.advertisementOff the field he was famous for his partying habits, his linkups with Bollywood actresses and his sense of humour with which he won many more hearts.(Reuters Photo)Then came the year which turned Yuvraj into a global superstar. Senior cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid decided to skip the inaugural World T20 in 2007 in South Africa which provided an opportunity for the youngsters to shine under rookie skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Nobody expected India to do well in a format which was still in its early stages.Against all odds India emerged victorious with Yuvraj having created a world record by smashing six sixes in an over in the quarter-final against England at Durban. Yuvi had a heated exchange with Andrew Flintoff which made him very angry and poor Stuart Broad had to bear the brunt of his wrath. The sight of Yuvraj hitting those sixes will always be etched in our memories forever. He then continued in the same vein against Australia and got India to the finals where they beat Pakistan to clinch the maiden T20 World Cup title.ICC Tournaments seem to be Yuvraj’s speciality as he comes into his own in such events. Indian cricket fans who have grown up watching these modern generation of cricketers have remember the day when former captain Kapil Dev lifted the World Cup trophy for the first time on the Lord’s balcony in 1983.(Reuters Photo)Yuvraj, who was going through a lean phase right before the 2011 World Cup, suddenly lit up the tournament with his batting and bowling. Yuvraj’s dream run in the tournament saw him scoring 362 runs in 9 matches at a staggering average of 90.50 with one century and four half-centuries. He also went on to pick 15 wickets in the tournament including two in the final played at the Wankhede as India scripted a famous victory in the summit clash and lifted the World Cup after a gap of 28 years.What followed right after the World Cup brought the whole country to tears as Yuvraj was diagnosed with cancer of a very rare form. Months of chemotherapy and rehabilitation Yuvraj bounced back in typical fashion and once again we were reduced to tears but this time they were tears of joy as Yuvi returned to the field to a standing ovation from the crowd at Chepauk. Every ball he bowled, every boundary he hit got a thunderous applause from the fans. Yuvi was well and truly back.(Reuters Photo)Not even cancer could stop this fighter from Punjab. But sadly it took a very big chunk away from him as he lost his touch soon after. Yuvraj showed flashes of brilliance in the 2014 and 2016 World T20 but just couldn’t get back to the form he was in before the diagnosis.Yuvraj is down but he’s certainly not out and is still trying his level best to make a comeback into the Indian team through his performances in the Ranji Trophy. Fans all around the world want to see one last hurrah from the champion, but they will have to wait for now as Yuvraj gets ready to step into a new phase in his life with Hazel Keech.advertisement