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Like any Hall of Fame – Baseball, Football, Rock and Roll, Robot -- it’s more fun to talk about the people (or robots) who are left out than it is to discuss those who made it in.

And this week’s news that General Robert T. Herres (pictured), the first head of the U.S. Space Command and the first vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (under General Colin Powell) has died at the age of 75, serves to highlight a couple of missing persons in East High School’s inaugural list of Alumni Heritage Hall inductees.

Granted, East’s HOF was just recently created and plans to induct thirty people (ten of them who are still living) right away (for a complete list and information, see below). And, yes, I understand that East, as Denver’s oldest and most awesome public high school, has had many notable grads.

But, like I said, let’s talk about who isn’t in that first class:

Robert Herres, born in 1932, attended East in the late 1940s before heading to the U.S. Naval Academy and then serving in the Air Force. He flew F-86 fighters and trained as an astronaut although he never got the chance to go to space. Later in his career, he took command of NORAD and then served under Powell from 1987 to 1990.

He was also CEO of the San Antonio-based insurance and financial services company, USAA, which caters to military members and their families, and was credited for expanding eligibility to include enlisted personnel.

Daniel Walker Howe, class of ’55, won the Pulitzer Prize in history earlier this year for his 928-page book, What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848. Published last fall, the book is part of the Oxford History of the United States and covers the period from the Battle of New Orleans through the Mexican-American War. Howe, who grew up in Park Hill, has been a professor at UCLA, Yale and Oxford; he visited East three years ago for his fiftieth reunion.

Me. Yeah, that’s right. I graduated from East in 1987 and went on to become managing editor of Westword, Denver's most righteous weekly newspaper. Not enough for you? Well, I also came in 2nd in a chili cook-off eight years ago and won my Fantasy Football tournament last year.

They couldn’t have opened up one more tiny little spot in Heritage Hall? – Jonathan Shikes

The thirty inductees will be honored on September 18 at a gala dinner. They are:

Marilyn Van Derbur Atler, 1955 – Miss America, motivational speaker

Norman R. Augustine, 1953 – Aerospace Business Executive, president and CEO of Martin Marietta

Philip Bailey, 1969 – Lead Singer with Earth, Wind and Fire

Elvin Caldwell, 1937 – Political Leader, first African-American City Councilman in Denver

Don Cheadle, 1982 – Actor

Judy Collins, 1957 – Singer and Recording Artist

Alice Eastwood, 1879 – Botanist

Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., 1900 – Actor and Movie Producer

Thomas Hornsby Ferril, 1914 – Poet Laureate of Colorado

Miriam Harris Goldberg, 1934 – Newspaper Publisher, Intermountain Jewish News

Pam Grier, 1967 – Film and Television Actress

General Irving Hale, 1877 – Military Commander, Spanish American War

Allegra “Happy” Haynes, 1971 – Denver City Councilwoman, Political Leader

Barry Hirschfeld, 1960 – Businessman and Philanthropist

Dr. Abraham Kauvar, 1931 – Physician and Public Health Care Advocate

Harold Lloyd, 1911 – Actor, silent films

Jenne & Ethel Magafan, 1933 – Artists, Depression-era Muralists (twin sisters)

Hattie McDaniel, 1911 – Actress, first African-American to win an Oscar

Anthony Ortega, 1976 – Artist, Muralist

Maurice Pate, 1911 – Humanitarian, co-founder of UNICEF

Mary Antoinette Perry, 1906 – Actress, Tony Awards founder

Maurice Rose, 1915 – Military Commander, WWI and WWII

Sidney Sheldon, 1934 – Writer

Dr. George Gaylord Simpson, 1918 – Paleontologist

Robert Steele, Sr., 1877 – Colorado Supreme Court Justice

John L. “Jack” Swigert, 1949 – Astronaut, Apollo 13

Hannah Marie Wormington Volk, 1931 – Archeologist

George Hebard Williamson, 1893 – Architect, designed East High School

Jean Joliffe Yancey, 1932 – Businesswoman

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