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So what famous person is from your hometown?Live Steam
Jan 14, 2004 10:42 AM
While doing some online research for a development project I am working on, I came across this site which lists famous people who either were born, lived, died and or visited my hometown for one important reason or another. The list goes from Thomas Adams (1818-1905) - Founder of the chewing gum industry to Paul Zindel (1936-2003) Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. It is lacking a few entries though, but the list is quite amazing none the less.

Missing are Nick Fotiu of the New York Rangers, NHL. Dan Pastorini, Houston Oiler/Oakland Raider QB. Rich Kotite, ex-Jets head coach. John Franco, future Hall of Fame relief pitcher for the Mets. Dino Mangiero, nose tackle for the KC Chiefs in the 80s. I know there are a few others I am missing too.

Cornelius Vanderbilt, Bobby Thomson, Francesco Scavullo who recently passed away, Pat Robertson, Emily Post, Samuel I. Newhouse, Antonio Meucci, Jeb Magruder of Watergate infamy, Galt MacDermot composer of the Broadway musical Hair, Charles Goodyear rubber pioneer and Aaron Burr are among the more notable past residents of Staten Island. It is interesting to see how this little Island produced and or beacme part of the lives of so many noteworthy individuals. There are also quite a few who made important contributions to science, literature and other humane pursuits. Maybe one day, my name will be added to the list for some good reason :O)

Oh I guess I would be remiss if I didn't include Susan Molinari and Vito Fossella for OES :O)
which hometown?DougSloan
Jan 14, 2004 10:54 AM
One of my hometowns was Cape Girardeau, Missouri -- Rush Limbaugh

Fresno -- Cher
Muhammad Ali, Hunter Thompson, Diane Sawyer,OldEdScott
Jan 14, 2004 10:55 AM
Pee Wee Reese, Paul Hornung, Colonel Harland Sanders (KFC) ... and Mitch McConnell (for LS!)

Rick Pitino lives here.

Just off the top of my head.
Also Louis Brandeis and Lionel Hampton. nmOldEdScott
Jan 14, 2004 12:57 PM
The star of "Barney Miller" drove past my hometown ...HouseMoney
Jan 14, 2004 11:09 AM
... does that count? Story has it that Hal Linden was driving in north jersey & saw a sign for "Linden", and that's how he came up w/ his stage name.

Don't really know of anyone famous from my hometown (there was an axe-murderer back in the 60's), or from where I'm currently residing (the west-joisey 'burbs).
Hey House, maybe when the ...Live Steam
Jan 14, 2004 11:14 AM
weather breaks we'll have a Noecon RBR gathering in NJ. I'll wear my jackboots! LOL!!!

What 'burb' are you in? I love the town along the Delaware - especially for riding.
HAHAHAHAH! Jackboots with Look cleats! nmOldEdScott
Jan 14, 2004 11:30 AM
Hey House, maybe when the ...HouseMoney
Jan 14, 2004 11:34 AM
I've found Speedplay pedals work a lot better with jackboots than Looks!

I currently reside in Lebanon Boro (Hunterdon Cty). Round Valley (lung-burning mtn biking) is practically in my backyard. I think the town you may be referring to is Frenchtown. It's a nice jaunt between there & Lambertville.

Don't you guys from Staten Island do that big group ride in NJ every year around Halloween? I thought about it this year (my 1st on the road), but other obligations got in the way. This spring, I'll be moving in w/ my girlfriend. She lives in Union County, and is not far from the Goethals Bridge. Maybe we could hook up for a ride or two in S.I.
Hey House, maybe when the ...Live Steam
Jan 14, 2004 12:00 PM
Yup that's us. The Pumpkin Patch Pedal or PPP. We usually get between 600 and 900 attendees. I must say it is one of the best club organized rides I have ever attended.

Oh I like those towns and many others like Washington's Crossing. The entire area along the Delaware is very scenic and great for road bike riding. Actually I do a great 80 miler from Somerset County to New Hope and back.

Union County? I know quite a few people in various towns in Union. It's getting pretty pricey there now, but the RE taxes are comparatively lower. Moving in with your girlfriend? Hmm? Well I have to say it's probably better that you move in with her than vice versa. If things don't work out it's easier to leave than it is to ask someone to leave. That comes from experience unfortunately, but that's a story for the road :O)
re: So what famous person is from your hometown?Starliner
Jan 14, 2004 11:16 AM
Lots of famous people live around here (Napa Valley CA) but few with roots. BTW, Pastorini dated the big sister of a friend of mine, and I met him briefly one night when he came to fetch her.

Aside from the obvious wine people like Robert Mondavi, one interesting character with roots from here is the infamous 1st baseman of the Boston Red Sox, Bill Buckner. His younger brother was a classmate and teammate of mine from 7th grade on through high school.
Garden Grove Hall of Famemickey-mac
Jan 14, 2004 11:17 AM
Comedian/actor/author/playwright Steve Martin

Former baseball player and current carwash owner Len Dykstra

Former Seattle Seahawks place-kicker Norm Johnson

All the guys in the Offspring went to my high school

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer (sp?) went to my high school for a year or two
You name it, too many to list. Los Angeles. nmNo_sprint
Jan 14, 2004 11:32 AM
No one is FROM los angeles!dr hoo
Jan 14, 2004 12:11 PM
I am curious if you know of any native angelinos that are famous. And only LA proper counts, none of this "southland" crap.

My favorite LA term: "marine layer". Now THERE is some spin!
Marilyn Monroe is a good place to start... too many more. nmNo_sprint
Jan 14, 2004 12:18 PM
No wonder she was so messed up! (nm)dr hoo
Jan 14, 2004 1:24 PM
It's certainly not a place for the weak and corruptible...No_sprint
Jan 14, 2004 1:30 PM
With anyhing you could ever imagine or want basically at your fingertips, it's easy to reach out.

Fast and furious indeed.
Yep, she and Lewinsky, LOL Brentwood is close enoughNo_sprint
Jan 14, 2004 2:11 PM
Anyway, nobody is actually born in Brentwood, there's no hospital that I know of. I'd say a good guess is Cedars-Sinai, LA proper.

I was pals with Heidi Fleiss many moons ago and know her father who delivered Madonna's first. Madonna was and the Fleiss's (sans Heidi and their other kids) still are neighbors. I'd say Lourdes is pretty darn famous for a 7 year old.
Isn't your idol an LA nativemickey-mac
Jan 14, 2004 6:40 PM
I believe your favorite actor/political activist Sean Penn was raised in Malibu.
LOL! Good stuff!!!!No_sprint
Jan 15, 2004 7:43 AM
I'd bet that guy was in Heidi's book, along with Sheen and others...
More dead than livingms
Jan 14, 2004 11:36 AM
Baltimore: maybe it says something about an old East Coast town like Baltimore, but most famous Baltimoreans are dead. The dead ones that come most quickly to mind:

Babe Ruth
HL Mencken
Wallis Warfield (aka The Duchess of Windsor)

When I ride my bike home from work, I pass by a building in which Wallis Warfield lived when she was a child.

There also are some famous dead people who are buried in Baltimore, even though they spent more time elsewhere, for example:

Edgar Allen Poe
John Wilkes Booth

From among the living, Anne Tyler, the author, and John Waters, the film maker, come most quickly to mind. Waters and I went to the same high school (he was about 10 years ahead of me). When the school had its 150th anniversary a few years ago, the school put out a list of "famous" alumni. The list was heavy with Catholic prelates and businessmen who had been generous to the Church. But, John Waters name was nowhere to be found, even though I can assure you that he is the only alumnus that anyone outside of Baltimore has ever even heard of. (BTW: my name was not on the list either).
Charlton HestonAlex-in-Evanston
Jan 14, 2004 12:00 PM
& El Famous Burrito.
Knew I forgot oneLive Steam
Jan 14, 2004 12:10 PM
Patti Hansen - Keith Richards wife.
Buddy Holly, Natalie Maines, John Hinckley, and G.W. BushDale Brigham
Jan 14, 2004 12:35 PM
Technically, Hinckley (Tech student) and President Bush (candidate for U.S. Congress in '78), were just passing through Lubbock on their way to greater things. George W. Bush had a campaign office right next to a bike shop where several of my friends worked. They report he was a nice guy. I believe they said he even bought a bike or two.

You mean that treasonous Dixie Chic?!?! :) nmNo_sprint
Jan 14, 2004 12:41 PM
John Morton (signer of the Declaration of Independence)LO McDuff
Jan 14, 2004 12:45 PM
Other than that Howard Cosell's wife and Ben Martin (former football coach at Air Force)
There are a few for you music buffsLive Steam
Jan 14, 2004 1:09 PM
Kasim Sulton, a good friend of a friend and base player for Utopia and others is a local. David Johansen (Buster Poindexter) as well as the ex-drummer for his band and brother of a former girlfriend :O) is Frank LaRocca who also played for John Waite. MANDOLIN BROTHERS LTD is one of the largest and best guitar shops in the World. They have been frequented by everyone form Clapton to Zappa. George Harrison was being treated here jst prior to his death. His doctor, know for radical radiation treatment, is now being sued by his estate. It is alleged that the doctor coerced Harrison to autograph some items including a guitar just prior to his death. The story and details are below.,0,5155532.story?coll=ny-entertainment-headlines,2106,2780790a1860,00.html

Actually if any of you recall a post I made on the cycling board about a custom painted Klein that the puchaser didn't want to accept from my friends bike shop because he didn't think there were enough flowers on the frame - well the doc in this story is the customer.

I know some of this is not important or not even impressive, but to me, Staten Island is a small town even though the population grew from about 240k when I was a kid in the 60s to almost 500k. I know it wouldn't have small town status if it were not a borough of NYC, but it still seems like one to me.
Greg Lemond's wife nm.jaybird
Jan 14, 2004 1:31 PM
Oh, yeah--I forgot Lemond.Cory
Jan 14, 2004 5:24 PM
Born and raised here, and dropped out of the high school where my wife teaches. They warned him he'd never amount to anything without a high school diploma.
re: So what famous person is from your hometown?Len J
Jan 14, 2004 3:47 PM
Famous Philadelpians (in no particular order).

Ben Franklin
Bill Cosby
Will Smith
Boyz to Men
Margaret Mead
Pearl Bailey
Wilt Chamberlain
Rev Leon Sullivan
Kim Delaney
David Brenner
Grace Kelly
Kevin Bacon
Richard Gere
Patti LeBelle
Betsy Ross
Grover washington Jr
Joe Frazier
Billy Holliday
John Coltrane
Chubbie Checker
Bobby Rydell
Frankie Avalon
John Barrymore
W.C. Fields
James Michener
Edgar Allen Poe
Jack Klugman

I probably should have been more specificLive Steam
Jan 15, 2004 7:07 AM
I mean your immediate locale or your immediate town or suburb. The governing body you pay your RE taxes too. LA, Philly, NYC and other cities are too big to consider. Where I live may have a relatively large population, and be part of NYC, but it acts like a small town. Probably because we are isolated by bodies of water and it has it's own elected officials. Everyone here knows everyone else's business. That should be a measuring stick.

I wouldn't want to list all the famous/infamous people
from NYC. The list would be too long.
Coltrane lived in Philly but wasn't from there.. born in NC (nm)ZenJones
Jan 16, 2004 3:04 AM
You'r right..he settled there. nmLen J
Jan 16, 2004 6:46 AM
Again, depends on definition of "hometown"The Walrus
Jan 14, 2004 4:27 PM
From Dayton, OH, my birthplace (sort-of; actually born at Wright-Patterson AFB) -- half of the Wright Brothers (Orville)

From L.A., where we moved in '55 -- like another post said, nobody's born here. However, Bob Hope and Richie Valens are buried about 1/2 mile from the family home.

From Simi Valley, CA -- are you kidding?
Derek Jeter....gregario
Jan 14, 2004 5:05 PM
I live in Kalamazoo, hometown of Derek Jeter. I grew up in Grand Rapids where Gerald Ford lived most of his life.
Me, Lash Larue and Toni TennilleCory
Jan 14, 2004 5:20 PM
Toni Tennille actually lives over at Tahoe, so she only sort of counts. Leonard Nimoy's there, too, if he's still alive. Lash Larue, the old cowboy star, owned a motel down the street from my office. Also Doug Betters, ex-Miami Dolphin, and former Cowboys guard Derek Kennard, and Brock Marion, a Dolphins DB I think is still active.
Plus me. Toni Tennille reads my column, and I've had mail from both Boxcar Willie AND Frank Sinatra telling me I'm an @$$hole. I believe I'm the only living journalist who can make that claim.
General Artemus Ward, of coarse (nm)53T
Jan 15, 2004 4:59 PM
re: So what famous person is from your hometown?ZenJones
Jan 16, 2004 3:07 AM
Sharon Stone(my brother took her to the high school prom in 1976 and didn't get any but if my memory serves me she could down a sh|tload of beer and McDonald's hamburgers)