My Own Tuesday Top Ten

Since I post about Luke Menard so much it got me to thinking if there were any other famous people from Crawfordsville. So I looked up our hometown on wikipedia and this is what I found out:

1. Joseph P. Allen - Astronaut, served as mission specialist on the first fully operational flight of the Space Shuttle in 1982. He was born in Crawfordsville in 1937. He attended Mills School and graduated from Crawfordsville High School.

2. Dick van Dyke - In 1938, just before Dick was of high school age, the Van Dyke family moved to Crawfordsville, returning to Danville, Illinois in 1940.

3. Bryan James Hellwig - former professional wrestler known as the Ultimate Warrior was born in Crawfordsville in 1959.

4. Eleanor Lambert - head of NYC Fashion Institute; picked "10 Best-Dressed Women of the World" every year.

5. Henry S. Lane - One of the city's most prominent 19th century figures - a United States Senator and pallbearer for Abraham Lincoln, has a historical site dedicated to him in the city. He started a law practice in Crawfordsville in 1834.

6. James W. Marshall - A New Jersey native who had at some point called Crawfordsville his home, was the discoverer of gold at Sutter's Mill, California in 1848 and thus set off the California Gold Rush.

7. Pete Metzelaars - Professional football player, is a graduate of Wabash College. Currently on the coaching staff for the Indianapolis Colts. He has actually been to our shop and sat in one of our Mustangs. He didn't fit very well! He's a big guy!

8. Will Shortz - New York Times puzzle writer, was born in Crawfordsville in 1952 and grew up in the city.

9. Lew Wallace - the author of Ben-Hur, has his home made a historical site in the city. He attended Wabash College, moved back to Crawfordsville where he wrote Ben Hur, and died in Crawfordsville in 1905.

10. Susan Wallace - author and poet; wife of Lew Wallace. Born in Crawfordsville, Indiana to Isaac and Maria Elston in 1830.

Do you know of anybody famous from your hometown? If so, do tell!

1 comment:

Faith said...

My hometown is Herkimer, NY.
So of course General Herkimer from the Revolutionary War.
Now that I am married I live in the capital region of NYS where TONS of famous people are from....first one that comes to mind that most people, unfortunately heard about in the recent past is Elliot Spitzer, our ex-governor....need I say more?