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Title: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: alandhopewell on April 25, 2012, 01:19:19 PM
     I'm from Lorain, Ohio, which is about 25 miles SW of Cleveland, on the North Coast.

     We've had a few....


ADMIRAL ERNEST J.KING
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_King

TONI MORRISON (my mother went to school with her)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toni_Morrison

FATHER GUIDO SARDUCCI (Don Novello)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Novello

TERRY ANDERSON
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_A._Anderson

MUGGY-DOO (Mark Leach) I knew him when he was in a band with some friends of mine
http://www.muggysin.tvheaven.com/

     There may be others I can't think of right now.


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: Flick James on April 25, 2012, 01:46:44 PM
Whittier, California.

Richard Nixon's Alma Mater is Whittier College.

Lou Hoover, wife of Herbert Hoover, is from Whittier.

Gabriel Iglesias, stand-up comic, is from Whittier.

Other things of note. The High School in Back to the Future is Whittier High School. Masters of the Universe was filmed in Whittier. Quite a few movies have used parts of Whittier for filming locations because of the it's quaint appearance and resemblence to many middle-American towns.


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: Jack on April 25, 2012, 02:45:17 PM
Winona, Minnesota

Winona Ryder is named after the town, though she was actually born in the next county over.

There was a guy named Max Conrad who "was a record-setting aviator. In the 1950s and 1960s, he set nine official light plane world records, three of which still stand at the end of 2008."  According to Wikipedia.  Our airport is named after him.

Another guy, Paul Giel, was runner up for the Heisman Trophy in 1953 and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.  We've got a ball park named after him.

Other item of note:  if you've seen any sheet music or instructional books by Hal Leonard Publishing, that's located here.


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: bob on April 25, 2012, 02:48:35 PM
current NBA player Caron Butler

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caron_Butler



Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: Rev. Powell on April 25, 2012, 04:09:30 PM
Lots. By far the most famous is Muhammad Ali. But I prefer to focus on this rising star:

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BjR7ITc5svU/T23pQR3oCPI/AAAAAAAAEM8/fUBdQ9AHdKI/s1600/jennifer+lawrence+hot.jpg)



Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: lester1/2jr on April 25, 2012, 04:24:26 PM
Jen Kirkman from the Chelsea Handler Show. comedian. knew 'er


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: FatFreddysCat on April 25, 2012, 05:13:24 PM
I have the feeling that I've answered this question 'round here before, but what the hell... I grew up in Paramus, New Jersey. Our most famous export was the hair-metal band Trixter, who had a minor hit single called "Give It To Me Good" in 1990.
(http://www.vintagekramer.com/rare/trixter1.jpg)

I graduated from high school in 1988 with Steve Brown (guitarist, all the way to the right in this pic), he was also in my homeroom. Nice guy, we used to chat about Def Leppard, Stryper, and Van Halen a lot. His father Charles (yes, really -- Charlie Brown!) was one of our school's vice principals. The rest of the guys in the band were a year or two older than us so I didn't know them.

Actress Stacey Dash of "Clueless" fame also went to my high school. She was a couple of years older than me so I only had contact with her in an art class during my freshman year. She was very snobby, had a "you are all beneath me" attitude and was generally unpleasant to be around. From what I can gather when I see her name turn up in gossip mags and celebrity-news sites, apparently not much has changed.
(http://www.usmagazine.com/uploads/assets/articles/40915-stacey-dash-no-flash/1304624632_stacey-dash-290.jpg)

As for my current town of residence, West Milford, New Jersey... actor Tom Wopat of "Dukes of Hazzard" fame lives around here somewhere. I've yet to bump into him but he's a regular customer at the auto repair shop my brother in law works at.

Yankees captain Derek Jeter supposedly lived in West Milford for a brief time as a kid.

Billy Howardel, the guitarist of A Perfect Circle, is a West Milford native too.


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: El Misfit on April 25, 2012, 07:10:09 PM
Too many to count
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_New_Orleans,_Louisiana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_New_Orleans,_Louisiana)
And I'm not on the list!!!! :hatred: :tongueout:


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: indianasmith on April 25, 2012, 07:36:03 PM
Greenville Texas was the home of Monty Stratton, baseball legend and subject of a movie with June Allyson and Jimmy Steward.

And -
Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World War II - and a famous Western actor.

Bart Millard, founder and lead singer of the best-selling Christian band MERCY ME.


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: HappyGilmore on April 25, 2012, 09:26:43 PM
Quite a few well-known entertainers and such have come from around this way.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_from_Philadelphia

Notable names:
Grace Kelly (actress/Princess)
Bob Saget (comic/actor)
Bill Cosby (Comic/Actor)
Will Smith (rapper/actor)
W.C. Fields
Larry Fine (3 Stooges)
Boyz II Men (r&b group)
Bloodhound Gang (rock group)
CKY (Rock Group)
Dick Clark
Bam Margera (MTV star of Jackass/Viva La Bam)
Monica Horan (actress on Everybody Loves Raymond)
Cheri Oteri (Saturday Night Live/Scary Movie)
Hall and Oates
Chubby Checker
Smokin' Joe Frazier
Nicodermo Scarfo (head of a mafia crime family)

List goes on and on.


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: retrorussell on April 25, 2012, 09:35:48 PM
I was born in Portland and currently live just west of it, in Beaverton.  Other Portlanders:

Sally Struthers.
The Hudson Brothers.
Jean M. Auel (author of Clan of the Cave Bear).
Mel Blanc went to school here.  
Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons).
Terrell Brandon (NBA player).
Beverly Cleary.
Mike Doleac (NBA player).
Sam Elliot went to school here.
Dick Fosbury (athlete).
A.C. Green (NBA player).
Joey Harrington (NFL player) and Peter Jacobsen (golfer).
Phil Knight (co-founded Nike).
Courtney Love worked for local radio station KBOO for a while.
Rowdy Roddy Piper still lives nearby, in Forest Grove.
Ahmad Rashad.
Murdered actress Rebecca Schaeffer.
Damon Stoudamire.
Ndamakong Suh.
Many, many others.


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: Trevor on April 26, 2012, 03:41:18 AM
From the city that I grew up in (Gwelo, Rhodesia: now Gweru, Zimbabwe)

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gweru (http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gweru): no one: just me.  :wink:

From the city I was born in (Bulawayo):

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulawayo (http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulawayo)

Alexander McCall-Smith, author.
Nick Price, golfer.
Graeme Hick, cricketer
Doris Lessing, author.
Chelsy Davy, Prince Hairy's ex girlfriend.

I beat you all: Charlene, Princess of Monaco was born in Bulawayo too.  :cheers:


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: RCMerchant on April 26, 2012, 06:19:05 AM
I was Born in the Bronx-but lived most my life in Lawton -a very small town in SW Michigan.
 The only famous person from there was baseball player Charley Maxwell.
(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l79/RCMerchant/180.jpg)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charley_Maxwell

His grandaughter Renee was my girlfreind in the 6th grade.


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: tracy on April 26, 2012, 12:49:55 PM
Cleburne,Texas

1.Johnny Carroll-Rockabilly singer that recorded with Sun,Decca and Warner Brothers records

2.Dillon Gee-Pitcher for the NY Mets

3.Brett Marshall-former ML pitcher

4.Spike Owen-Former ML shortstop....I knew him personally because he played on our Dad's summer league team

5.Derrell Palmer-former Cleveland Brown lineman


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: claws on April 27, 2012, 02:49:55 AM
Fort Polk, Louisiana

Taimie Hannum, Actress. Apparently she was in Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000), The Witches of Breastwick 2 (2005), Sexual Suspects (2005), Pleasurecraft (1999) and many more  :teddyr:


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: Psycho Circus on April 27, 2012, 09:10:54 AM
Manchester, England:

10cc
Oasis
Joy Divison/New Order
The Smiths
The Bee Gees
Buzzcocks
The Verve
The Stone Roses
Simply Red
Happy Mondays
Davy Jones
Les Dawson
Max Beesley
Burt Kwouk


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: HappyGilmore on April 27, 2012, 06:17:36 PM
Claws:

Who'd that lady Taimie lady play in Toxic Avenger IV?


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: A.J. Bauer on April 28, 2012, 11:56:02 AM
Well in Lakeville we have Siamese twins joined at the hip. Pretty unusual but not spectacular.

We also had a botanist named Todd Bachman who was stabbed to death in China during the Beijing Olympics.

And John Kline; Whoever that is.


Title: Re: ANYONE FAMOUS FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?
Post by: Raffine on April 30, 2012, 08:45:45 AM
Well in Lakeville we have Siamese twins joined at the hip. Pretty unusual but not spectacular.



I wish we had some Siamese Twins.  :bluesad:

I was born in little Sylacauga, Alabama - home town of Jim Nabors aka Gomer Pyle. My dad went to school with him and they were buddies, working at the same drug store for a couple of years. His sister lived down the street from us, and one Halloween when we went Trick or Treating at her house Mr. Nabors answered the door, got a load of our scary costumes, and said "Well GOOOLLL-LEEE!". And then he gave us some candy and told us he knew our daddy.

We moved away soon afterwards.

A very famous historical event took place in Sylacauga on November 30th, 1954 (http://frogstorm.com/?p=2899): a meteorite crashed through the roof of Ann Hodges' house and bounced off her hip, leaving a nasty bruise. It's the only known instance of a person getting hit by an object from Outer Space!

They later built a drive-in at the spot and named it 'The Comet Drive In' to commemorate the event. My aunt took my cousin and me in her little red convertable to see BLOOD FREAK there - boy, did we get in trouble!