About This Site
The Dead or Alive Data Base, or DOADB, is a resource for keeping track of whether the well-known people of our time are dead or alive. The DOADB contains records for approximately 3,000 famous people, including actors, musicians, athletes, politicians, and many others. The subjects can be looked up not just on their name, date of birth, and other vital statistics, but also according to their field and accomplishments. Visitors can browse the category listings to see, for example, which former U.S. presidents, heavyweight champion boxers, or members of the cast of "Star Trek" are alive, and which ones have died.
Data Base Criteria
The DOADB does not attempt to include as many people as possible. We are not interested in people who died fifty years ago. Neither do we try to keep up with people who have risen to superstardom during the last six months. Instead, we try to focus on those people who were most famous a decade or more ago - folks who the average person might not immediately remember whether they are dead or alive. Our criteria for inclusion are as follows:
- Subjects may be from anywhere in the world, but they should be widely known to most Americans.
- Living subjects should have been famous or notable since at least ten years ago. We place more emphasis on living people who are retired, or who have less exposure to the public than they did years ago. People who are current stars may need to wait a few years before we are ready to include them.
- Deceased subjects should have been dead for less than forty years. The chief exception to this rule is when the subject is a member of a specific included group that has other members that fit the criteria. For example, Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer of the Little Rascals is included, even though he died in 1959, because the data base has a list for the Little Rascals, and it has members who are still alive.
- Subjects should be well-known to the general public for their own actions or accomplishments, or for historic events in which they held a memorable role. This excludes:
- People who are notable only for being old.
- People who are known principally for who they are related to.
- Most royalty, except for iconic figures (e.g. Queen Elizabeth) and monarchs with executive power (e.g. King Fahd).
- People who may have done something notable, but are nevertheless not at all well known (e.g. the world record hot dog eater).
We also want your time on doadb.com to be relaxing and enjoyable, where you don't have to be bothered by distracting and annoying advertisements. It sometimes seems like the entire web consists of ads that pop up, pop under, obscure the content, make noise, move around, etc. We are very selective in our choice of ad formats, so that the time you spend browsing our site can be pleasant. We cannot promise that you will like every ad you see, but we do promise to maintain a high standard of quality.
- 1997 - David Carson put up a web page with a list of several hundred names followed by the words "alive" or "dead".
- 1998 - David's list became "Who's Alive and Who's Dead" - a data base with 1,000 entries, plus a mailing list.
- 2000 - www.whosaliveandwhosdead.com and www.wa-wd.com were launched as permanent homes for the data base.
- 2008 - Who's Alive and Who's Dead was redesigned. That year, the data base reached 2,500 entries, and the mailing list reached 6,000 subscribers.
- 2012 - The data base was extended to a new web site, www.doadb.com, as well as to the Android platform.