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A New York mayor, a Navy Seal, an anti-apartheid activist, a toymaker, a rock musician and an English king

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 08 February 2013

Matthew Bannister on

Amina Cachalia who campaigned for women's rights and against apartheid in her native South Africa.

Reg Presley, guitarist and singer with the Troggs, who was fascinated by UFOs, alien abductions and crop circles.

Chris Kyle - the US military sniper credited with more kills than any other soldier, mostly during the second Iraq war. He was shot dead at a shooting range in Texas.

Andre Cassagnes who invented the Etch A Sketch

Ed Koch, the abrasive former Mayor of New York, credited with restoring the fortunes of the Big Apple.

And - better late than never - Richard III - a tribute in verse from the UA Fanthorpe archive.

  • Amina Cachalia

    Last Word spoke to World Service presenter Lerato Mbele and to fellow South African anti-apartheid activist, Sophia de Bruyn.

    Born 28 June 1930; died 31 January 2013 aged 82

  • Reg Presely

    Matthew spoke to rock music journalist Keith Altham

    Born 12 June 1941; died 4 February 2013 aged 71

  • Chris Kyle

    Born 8 April 1974; died 2 February 2013 aged 38
  • Andre Cassagnes

    The poet Ian McMillan pays tribute

    Born 23 September 1926; died 16 January 2013 aged 86
  • Ed Koch

    Last Word spoke to the New York Times journalist Clyde Haberman, to the former London Mayor Ken Livingstone and to Neil Barsky who made a documentary about his life.

    Born 19 December 1924; died 1 February 2013 aged 88
  • Richard III

    Rosie Bailey reads a poem by the late U.A.Fanthorpe

    Born 2 October 1452; died 22 August 1485 aged 32  



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