Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #12

Last week, we told you some Iowah history for our Thursday Thirteen. This week, we will tell you about 13 famous people that were from Iowah.

  1. Johnny Carson~ Comedian that hosted The Tonight Show for 30 years; born in Corning.
  2. Meredith Wilson~Writer of the famous Broadway musical The Music Man; born in Mason City
  3. Grant Wood-Artist. Painted his most famous painting "American Gothic" in 1930; born in Anamosa.
  4. John Wayne~Actor who became famous for his hero image in western and war movies; born in Winterset. (*Also home to the Bridges of Madison County (book))
  5. Frank Gotch~ World heavyweight wrestling champion from 1908 to 1915, the best known athlete of his era; born and raised in Humboldt. This is where our MTLH is from. The park where Frank Gotch wrestled is across the street from our gramma's house!
  6. Fred Maytag~Founder of the Maytag Company; lived in Newton.
  7. William "Buffalo Bill" Cody~Pony Express rider, cavalry scout, buffalo hunter, and showman in the late 1800s; born in LeClaire.
  8. Mamie Doud Eisnehower~Wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Born in Boone (this is where we live!) in 1896. One of the main streets here is named after her and her birthplace (house) is just 2 streets over from our house!
  9. Dan Gable~Wrestler/Coach. Won a gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics without surrendering a point. Two-time Olympic head coach (1980 and 1984). As a coach at Iowa, he won 15 NCAA team titles in 22 years and 22 straight Big Ten Conference titles; born in Waterloo.
  10. Herbert Hoover~The 31st President of the United States; born in West Branch
  11. Donna Reed~Actress. Born as Donna Belle Mullenger January 27, 1921 on a farm near Denison, Iowa
  12. Elijah Wood~Wood is best known for the role of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Born in Cedar Rapids.
  13. The 5 Sullivan Brothers (George, Francis, Joseph, Madison, Albert)~five siblings who all died during the same incident in World War II, the sinking of the light cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52), the vessel on which they all served. Hometown of Waterloo.

9 hi-fives:

Daisy said...

Those are some important people from yer state! You know a lot of good things. I like that American Gothic painting, too.

katnippia said...

We are didn't knowz all of that. I don't finks our meowmize remembered any of that from history class, hehe.Like daisy said those are some really important people.

Hi to my sweet and handsome Conner.Purrs and kitty nose kisserz...Snowy

Dragonheart said...

Wow, lots of famous people from Iowa! My mom's favourite on your list is Elijah Wood, since she's a Lord of the Rings fan (so is my dad.)

Thanks for the education about the people from your state!

sammawow-china cat-willow said...

There sure are a lot of important people from Iowa. And we know one more: he is very important to us because he's our dad aka the Big Janitor (he cleans our litter boxes). Our Lady also likes Frodo in Lord of the Rings.

Purrrrs, China Cat & Willow

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Wow, dats a bunch of famous beans. But yoo furgots da most important Iowans-yoor momma and daddy!

Derby said...

While not famous, my mum! Plus mum said last fall when they were there to visit, they drove by Maime's house. So they were right by your house!!! We didn't know you then, otherwise she should have stoped to visit!

One of us said...

We are learning a lot from your blog ~Merlin, Shadow, KO kO

Forty Paws said...

That's a lot of famous people!!

Here is a web site you might like to visit:

It was sent to us by an email pal. Awesome snow pictures!!

Luf, Us

Pee Ess. Your Dad is in Irak? Wow. When's he coming home?

Kimo & Sabi said...

One of mommakitty's aunts is related to John Wayne!