The “We Didn’t Start The Fire” Longevity Infographic

Thirty years on, four figures from Billy Joel’s history-a-thon are still with us.

All I ever really knew about Doris Day was that she was right after Harry Truman in the opening lyric of Billy Joel’s 1989 laundry list blitz “We Didn’t Start The Fire”. So when I saw the news that she died this week at the remarkable age of 97, I was a bit surprised to realize that she had still been with us. (Sorry Doris!!)

I wondered: was anyone else from the song still around? After all, most of the content was anchored in the…