I first heard Gish speak when I was a graduate student at Berkeley; it must have been around 1980. He gave his usual Gish gallop. Although I'd heard Walter Bradley speak in Princeton a few years earlier, this was the first time I had been exposed to really hard-core creationism. It angered me that such a transparent fraud would speak in the name of science. Hearing Gish lie over and over again was what got me involved in fighting pseudoscience.
Hugo Chávez is also dead. It's always mystified me why the Left elevates people like Chávez and Che Guevara to the status of heroes. Although he did improve social conditions in the country, he also was essentially an authoritarian who first tried to gain power through a coup d'état, and later, after being elected, kept power by a cult of personality. Chávez was intolerant of the political opposition and routinely had opponents arrested. I won't miss him, either.