Week 2 Activity B-1: Research Assignment Paper Instructions and Model Papers
Research Assignment Paper on Celebrity Accidental Overdoses (Required activity—10 points)
Use complete sentences and do not answer in outline form. Paragraphs are nice, and you can include a lot of the desired information requested below in a few paragraphs:
Think of some celebrity who died of an accidental overdose of one or more drugs. Do not deal with a suicide case. Accidental death only. Your celebrity could be an actor, model, musician, athlete, author, and so forth. [See the list below of such individuals who died accidentally from overdoses. If your celebrity is not on the list below, but died of an accidental overdose, please bring that to my attention in your paper so I can add that celebrity’s name to this list; There are more names we need to add each semester, sadly. After you have done some research on your celebrity, address the questions below. Please use paragraphs. Don’t use bullets or an outline format. Write like you might read it in a book or an article.
1. List the celebrity’s name and in the References section, be sure to cite the source(s) from where you obtained your information. Be sure to tell me in your discussion if your celebrity is not on the list below, but died of an accidental overdose; I want to then add that celebrity’s name to this list.
2. List the drugs reported to be causal to that person’s overdose and death.
3. Describe any signs and symptoms of serious drug abuse.
4. Describe any risk factors that could have contributed to drug use and abuse (such as family history of drug abuse, dysfunctional family, and so on).
5. Were there any prior criminal charges brought against this individual before his/her death? If so, what were the charges or court recommendations for treatment?
6. If applicable, what was your reaction to hearing of this person’s death? That is, how did you feel about it and what did you think?
7. Do you think that knowledge of this person’s accidental death has had any long-term effects?
8. Find at least one academic journal article (published in the last 17 years, year 2000 or newer) that is related to your celebrity’s death—in general. For example, you may find an journal article revealing that the death of a famous person appears to have no effect in curbing drug-using habits of youth; or a journal article on the toxicity of different combinations of drugs. Be sure you provide enough information so that the reader of your Research Assignment Paper knows you read the whole article, and not merely a summary of it (an Abstract). Cite any strengths or weaknesses you found in the article too please.
9. List reference information using APA style.
10. Go to the Resources section at the bottom of your Modules list and click on Things to remember about your Research Assignment Paper (also available at the top under the Welcome section). Read this information before you start on your paper.
Go to the Resources section at the bottom of your Modules list and click on: (1) APA Style; and (2) Things to remember about your Research Assignment Paper. Then review the model papers below. Review this information before you start on your paper. Model papers are provided below at the end of the list of celebrities..
Turning in your Research Assignment Paper requires that you submit it in two places:
1. First, submit your paper to be graded (you will see the submission page, by clicking “Next” at the bottom of this page.
2. Second, post your completed paper in the Week 2, “Celebrity Accidental Overdose” forum (discussion board). You will see the Discussion Board on the page after your file submission page. Here, other students may read your paper and, if they wish, make a positive/productive comment about it; no criticisms, only give compliments and/or identify an interesting aspect of the paper you enjoyed. Any comments made here are not part of the “Group Participation” activity. Comments here do not generate points and are strictly optional
You May select from the list below for celebrities for your Research Assignment Paper. Or, as accidental overdoses seem to occur frequently, you may select someone not on this list who fits the criteria.
Actors, Comedians, Dancers, Models, TV Personalities, DJs, Film Producers:
ANDERSON: Bridgette Anderson was a child actress who starred in many films Savannah Smiles (1982), 1997
BELUSHI: John Belushi, comedian and actor, 1982
BRIDGES: Elisa Rebeca Bridges, model and actress, Playboy Playmate in the 1990’s, 2002
BRUCE: Lenny Bruce (born Leonard Alfred Schneider), comedian, 1966
CANTOR: Michael “Max” Cantor, actor and a journalist, appearing in the movie “Dirty Dancing” (1987), 1991
DOUGLAS: Eric Douglas, actor and comedian, son of actor Kirk Douglas, 2004
FARLEY: Chris Farley, comedian and actor, 1997
GARANGI: Gia Carangi, supermodel, 1986.
GOLDSTEIN: Adam Godstein, know as DJ AM, a celebrity DJ, 2009.
GODDARD: Trevor Goddard, actor, 2003
HARVEY: Domino Harvey was the daughter of a socialite, model turned bounty hunter in Los Angeles, 2005
HEDBERG: Mitch Hedberg was an up and coming comedian, 2005
HEMINGWAY: Margaux Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s grand-daughter & sister of Marial; 1996
HOFFMAN: Philip Seymour Hoffman was a prominent actor, 2014.
JONES: Mary Anissa Jones played Buffy on the sitcom Family Affair from 1966 to 1971, 1976
LEDGER: Heath actor who starred in “Brokeback Mountain” (2005) and “The Dark Knight” (2008), 2008
MARSHALL: Vickie Lynn better known as ANNA NICOLE SMITH, actress and model, 1993 Playmate of the Year, married billionare J. Howard Marshall, 2007
MONROE: Marilyn Monroe, aka Norma Jeane Mortenson, actress and model, 1962
MONTEITH: Cory Monteith, star of television series Glee, 2013
MURPHEY: Brittany Murphy, actress and singer, 2009.
O’GRADY: Lani O’Grady, actress who played Dick Van Patten’s daughter on Eight is Enough, 2001
PASTORELLI: Robert Pastorelli, was an actor TV show Murphy Brown, 2004
PENN: Chris Penn, actor and brother of Oscar winner actor Sean Penn, 2006
PETTIET: Christopher Pettiet, actor in the movie Young Riders, 2000
PLATO: Dana Plato, child star in Different Strokes, 1999
QUINN: Glenn Quinn was an actor who played in TV shows Roseanne and Angel, 2002
PHOENIX: River Phoenix, actor, 1993
RENFRO: Brad was an actor who starred in the movie “The Client” (1994), 2008
SCOTT: Debralee Scott, actress in the sitcom Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and some movies, 2005
SEDGWICK: Edith Sedgwick, model and actress, star of films made by Andy Warhol in the 1960’s, 1971
SIMPSON: Don Simpson, film producer, i.e., Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, and Flashdance, 1996
SMITH: Anna Nichole Smith, PlayBoy model, etc. 2007.
TATA: Michael Tata, VP for Operations at hotel where reality TV show American Casino was filmed, 2004
YATES: Paula Yates, British television host, 2000
Musicians, Vocalists, Song Writers
ALLEN: GG Allin was a punk rock singer and band leader, 1993
BLOOMFIELD: Michael Bloomfield was a musician, 1981
BOLIN: Thomas Richard Bolin (Tommy Bolin) of Deep Purple, 1976
BONHAM: John Bonham was drummer in the band Led Zeppelin, 1980
BUCKLEY: Tim Buckley early 1960’s folk singer/songwriter, 1975.
BUTLER: Chad Lamont Butler, also known as “Pimp C”, co-founder of the Underground Kings, 2007.
BUTTERFIELD: Paul Butterfield, blues harmonica player, 1987.
CLARK: Steve Clark, lead guitarist of the rock band Def Leppard, 1991
DANDRIDGE: Dorothy Dandridge- Singer/Actress, 1965
ELIS: Elis Regina, singer, 1982
ENTWISTLE: John Alec Entwistle , bassist for the rock band The Who, 2002.
EPSTEIN: Brian Epstein , Beatles manager, 1967
FOLEY: Steve, Replacement’s replacement drummer, 2008
GARLAND: Judy Garland, singer and actress in The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), 1968
GARCIA: Jerry Garcia was considered the backbone of the Greatful Dead, 1995
GEORGE: Lowell George, guitar player for the band Little Feat, 1979
GIBB: Andy Gibb, singing group the Bee Gees, 1998
GODDARD: Trevor Goddard, Actor/ light heavyweight boxer, 2003
GOETTEL: Dwayne Goettel, a musician with the rock band Skinny Puppy, 1995
HARDIN: Tim Hardin was a singer/songwriter during the 60’s and 70’s, 1980
HATFIELD: Bobby Hatfield, in 1962 he joined with Bill Medley formed the Righteous Brothers, 2003
HENDRIX: Jimi Hendrix, guitar player cum laude, 1970
HOON: Shannon Hoon was the lead singer of the 90s group, Blind Melon, 1995
HOLIDAY: Billie Holiday, aka Eleanora Fagan Gough, jazz singer, 1959
HOUSTON: Whitney Elizabeth Houston was as singer who won six Grammy Awards during her career, 2012.
JACKSON: Michael Jackson, super pop singer. Maybe accidental homacide, but surely accidental, 2009.
JAMES: Rick James, singer, 2004
JONES: Russell Tyrone Jones, a.k.a. Ol’ Dirty Bastard, member of Wu-Tang Clan and Busta Rhymes, 2004
JOPLIN: Janis Joplin, rock, soul and blues singer, 1970
LYMON: Frankie Lymon, singer, 1968
McKENSIE: Billy McKenzie was the lead singer of the band The Associates, 1997
MELVOIN: Jonathan Melvoin was member of the Smashing Pumpkins, 1996
MOON: Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, 1978
MORRISON: Jim Morrison, poet and lead singer of the Doors, a 60’s rock group, 1971
MYDLAND: Brent Mydland, keyboardist for the Grateful Dead, 1990.
NOWELL: Bradley Nowell from the hit band Sublime, lead singer & song writer, 1996
PARSONS: Gram Parsons, 1973
PFAFF: Kristen Pfaff, musician from the band Hole, 1994.
PILATUS: Rob Pilatus of the singing duo Milli Vanilli, 1998
PLATO: Dana Plato, child actor on the TV show, Different Strokes,
PANNOZZO: John Panozzo, member of the band Styx, 1996
PRESLEY: Elvis Aron Presley, singer, 1977
PRESTON: Billy Preston was a piano player; noted for playing piano some Beatles tracks, 2006
QUINN: Glenn Quinn was an actor best known as Mark on Roseanne and Allen Doyle on Angel, 2002
RAMONE: Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Glenn Colvin), bass player for Ramones, 2002
RUFFIN: David Ruffin, a member of the infamous singing group, the Temptations, 1991
RUDETSKI: Michael Rudetski was the keyboard player for the band Culture Club, 1986
SARGENT: Stefanie Sargent, guitarist for the Seattle grunge band 7 Year Bitch,
SAUNDERS: John Saunders of Pearl Jam, 1999
SCOTT: Ronald Belford Scott of the band AC/DC, 1980
SCREW: DJ Screw, aka Robert Earl Davis Jr., rap singer, 2000
SHATTER: Will Shatter, aka Russell Wilkinson, played bass band named Flipper, 1987
SHAVER: John “Eddy” Shaver, guitarist, 2000
SHEEHAN: Bobby Sheehan, the bassist for the band Blues Traveler, 1999
SLOVAK: Hillel Slovak, guitarist for the Red Hot Chile Peppers, 1988
STALEY: Layne Stanley, singer, Alice in Chains, 2002
STARR: Michael Christopher Starr was the bass guitar player for many bands in the 1980s- early 1990s, notably Alice in Chains, 2011.l
THUNDERS: Johhny Thunders, guitarist for the band The Heartbreakers, 1991
VICIOUS: Sid Vicious, aka John Simon Ritchie, of the band the Sex Pistols, 1978
WASHINGTON: Dinah Washington, Grammy Award singer of jazz, R&B, soul, blues, and gospel, 1963,
WHITLEY: Keith Whitley was the lead singer of J.D. Crowe’s band The New South, 1989
WILLIAMS: Hank Williams, country-western singer, 1953
WILSON: Dennis Wilson, musician and songwriter with the Beach Boys, 1993
WINEHOUSE: Amy Winehouse, English singer and songwriter, 2011
WOOD: Andrew Wood, member of the band Mother Love Bone, 1990
Sports and Sports Related
ANTLEY: Chris Antley was a leading jockey, primarily racing in New Jersey, 2000
BIAS: Lenard K. Bias, basketball, the University of Maryland; drafted by the Boston Celtics, 1986
BINION: Ted Binion was a poker player who started the World Series of Poker in 1970, 1998
CAMINITI: Ken Caminiti, 1996 National League Baseball MVP, 2004
DEMAYO: Paul Demayo; also known, as Quadzilla was a bodybuilder, 2005
DUNCUM: Bobby Duncum Jr., a professional wrestler, 2000
DURANTE: Anthony Durante was a professional wrestler and was a member of the tag team “Pitbulls”, 2003
GILLIAM: Joe Gilliam, quarterback for the Pittsburg Steelers in the mid 1970’s. 2000
GODDARD: Trevor Goddard, light heavyweight boxer and played Mic Brumby in the TV show JAG. 2003
GUERRERO: Eddie Guerrero, professional wrestler, 2005
HENNIG: Curt Hennig was a professional wrestler known as “Mr. Perfect”, 2003.
HULETTE: Elizabeth Hulette, better known as Miss Elizabeth, professional wrestler, 2003
KORDIC: John Kordic was a professional hockey player who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
LISTON: Charles “Sonny” Liston, heavyweight boxing champion, 1970.
MATUSZAK: John Matuszak was a professional football player in the NFL, 1989
PANTANI: Marco Pantani was an Italian cyclist who won the Tour de France in 1998, 2004
SHOW: Eric Show pitched for the San Diego Padres and the Oakland Athletics, 1994
SMITH: Davey Boy Smith was a professional wrestler
TUINEI: Mark Tuinei, pro football player for Dallas Cowboys, 1999
UNGAR: Stu Ungar was a champion poker and gin rummy player, 1998
Writers, Poets, and Artists
BANGS: Lester Bangs a music journalist, author, and musician, 1982
BASQUIAT: Jean-Michel Basquiat, known for his Neo-expressionist art style, 1988
GREALY: Lucinda Margaret Grealy wrote Autobiography of the Face (1994).
POE: Edgar Allan Poe, poet, 1849.
TYNDALL: John Tyndall was an Irish scientist active during the Victorian era, 1893.
Rich and Famous
ONASSIS: Christina Onassis was born into one of the wealthiest families in the world, 1988.
DeMASSY: Baroness Michelle Lutken de Massy, 1999