Matthew Bannister on Laotian General Vang Pao, footballer Nat Lofthouse, literary critic John Gross, actress Susannah York and stock car racing champion Stu Smith.
On Last Word this week:
General Vang Pao, leader of the Hmong people of Laos who was funded by the CIA to fight against a communist takeover.
The footballer Nat Lofthouse who spent his career at Bolton Wanderers and was capped 33 times for England.
The literary critic and editor John Gross who had a wide-ranging knowledge and a taste for high class gossip.
The versatile actress Susannah York who starred in films and plays from Superman to Shakespeare.
And Stu Smith, the stock car racing world champion from Rochdale - known as "The Maestro".