People are interested in other people, otherwise we wouldn't have an entire section in the library devoted to biographies. Some books recount the glorious and not-so-glorious days of celebrities and newsmakers. Other biographies document the lives of ordinary people that share extraordinary events or inspire with triumph over adversity. The time period is varied--from historical accounts to contemporary stories. There is much to be learned about history and human nature in biographies. For people watchers among us, there is a wealth of entertainment value in a good biography or memoir.
At InfoPlease you can find mini biographical sketches of news worthy people that died in 2007.
Browsing the list, you might find someone you have not thought about in a long time or whose passing you may have missed.
Also of interest: an article reviewing a collection of bad cliches a U.S. university has nominated for banishment.