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TeeEye7
09-14-2007, 08:10 AM
Who have you known (gone to school with; been acquainted with, etc.) in your life that has gone on to be famous....for better or worse.

Thanks to the Internet, I've been able to "google" people I've lost touch with and always wondered about. I've gotten a couple of suprises in my search. Here's two examples:

T Lewis co-creator of Over the Hedge. We were buds in elementary school. (The dog won't answer my letters! :hurt: ) Real name is Thomas Leslie Lewis III (aka Tommy Lewis to me).

Dr. Michael Shermer creator of Skeptic Magazine. We went to high school together. Turned into an interesting dude.

There's a couple more names that have gone into publishing, but I barely knew them in high school so, I don't think that counts.

Any one else?

Bel-Cam Jos
09-15-2007, 11:46 AM
Mine has mainly been schoole-related, too.

Carlos Bocanegra is a soccer player for the US National team, and a member of a European team (or is it MLS? I forget). He made the cut for the high school soccer team; I did not. :cry: :D

Rodney Lee, while not "famous," he caught a key third-down falling-out-of-bounds pass in a UCLA-USC football game that won it for the Bruins. He and I were in ASB (student government) together; fun, cool guy.

Matthew Atherton, aka Feedback of the Who Wants to Be a Superhero? TV show. While I've never spoken to him, since he lives in my hometown somewhere (wonder if it's that Fortress of Solitude up on Hero Hill Road? :p ), I'll just add him to this list.

I had two of the three authors of a college history textbook as my professors; oddly enough, that was the assigned text for those classes... :rolleyes:

While student teaching, a student in one of my classes was a highly recruited offensive lineman (was huge, 6'5" and easily over 300 lbs. :eek: ) who was writing a journal (we'd call them blogs today in the Internet age :yes: ) for the local newspaper of his recruiting experience. I heard he had some knee problems and didn't play too much. His brother, who'd graduated earlier from the same high school, went on to play D-1 NCAA basketball (don't know where he's now).

My high school got trashed by Tracy Murray's school in basketball, the player who went to UCLA and multiple NBA teams. Saw him at a game once: another huge guy (I remember that his shoes made him look like Frankenstein).

TeeEye7
09-15-2007, 06:53 PM
Sports! Didn't think of it.

Robert Swift (of the Seattle Super Sonics) and his family lived across the street from our first little "starter" house when he was a little kid (yeah, he was only about 6 feet tall in fourth grade!). My wife would later teach his little sister in her third grade class.

Not a household name here, but I went to high school with Brian Goorjian, who played in and is the most successful coach in the history of Australia's equivalent of the NBA. Brian was a big deal in high school as was his dad Ed Goorjian as a coach in high school ranks in the LA area.

http://www.viewnews.com/2006/VIEW-Feb-21-Tue-2006/Summerlin/5885176.html

The whole family is basketball crazy.

BountyHunterScum
09-15-2007, 10:18 PM
A few famous people have last names that are part of my family so its slightly possible I'm related to them. One of which I'm not too thrilled about if I ever find out I'm related to her.

Lord Malakite
09-16-2007, 12:18 AM
I had two of the three authors of a college history textbook as my professors; oddly enough, that was the assigned text for those classes... :rolleyes:
I've met several famous people in my relatively young life, but in all honesty I don't believe I have ever known anyone famous (as of yet) in the "gone to school with/been personally acquainted with" sense you are suggesting short of also listing my own former college professors with published books. Still, they are no where near the status of what I would consider a "famous author."

Bel-Cam Jos
09-16-2007, 09:02 AM
Still, they are no where near the status of what I would consider a "famous author."Several of my colleagues at school have been published, some multiple times, but they are "locally" famous rather than, uh, un-locally?

Others...
I was insulted by former UCLA (I'm sensing a pattern here) and current NFL defensive lineman Kenyon Coleman when I told him he and his friends couldn't play on the basketball court where my youth league team had a scheduled practice. Ooh, scary. :rolleyes:

I thought I had a college class with Royals player Mike Sweeney, but later realized the time period was wrong; just someone who must've looked like him and just happened to wear a KC cap.

Current long jump record holder Mike Powell used to train at the JC I attended, and I think I've seen him around town a few times, too. Dude is tall.

My great uncle holds (or held) the world record for most holes-in-one on the same hole of a golf course (can't recall the number; I want to say it's 8).

I know some of the members of the bands Understated and Trak 13.

2-1B
09-16-2007, 08:16 PM
A few famous people have last names that are part of my family so its slightly possible I'm related to them. One of which I'm not too thrilled about if I ever find out I'm related to her.

Hilary Clinton ? :confused:

Kidhuman
09-16-2007, 08:39 PM
The only famous people I have met are the band LIVE. I hung out with them at an after party or two.

El Chuxter
09-16-2007, 08:46 PM
Then you have met me, KH, because I am secretly Ed Kowal... Kowzal... Kochawl... however the hell I spell my name!

:crazed:

Mr. JabbaJohnL
09-16-2007, 09:05 PM
My closest claim to fame is that the current Miss Teen USA went to my high school last year. Whoop de doo.

I think my family used to go to church with the singer from Steppenwolf before I was born, so there's that.

figrin bran
09-16-2007, 09:11 PM
Some guy named Leonardo Di Caprio went to my high school...not really sure what ever became of him

2-1B
09-16-2007, 09:25 PM
I think I saw that guy on Growing Pains once.

El Chuxter
09-16-2007, 09:59 PM
One of my professors went to college with Robin Williams.

I'm distantly related to Billy Graham.

A second cousin dated Vanna White in high school. (Of course, everybody in SC has a second cousin who dated Vanna in high school.)

2-1B
09-16-2007, 10:35 PM
I'm distantly related to Billy Graham.


The wrestler or the evangelist ?

stillakid
09-16-2007, 10:46 PM
The wrestler or the evangelist ?


There's something special about being preached to by a guy in tights. :whip::bandit:

BountyHunterScum
09-16-2007, 11:37 PM
Hilary Clinton ? :confused:

A few cousins have the last name Spears. I'm related by marriage to the late Jerry Falwell too.

Blue2th
09-17-2007, 01:03 AM
Recently found out my Mother's mother (Grandma) was a Gregory, and a decendant of the McGregor's of the McGregor Clan of Scotland, of which Rob Roy McGregor was of. (Remember the movie "Rob Roy" with Liam Neeson?)
Also found out after the trouble he caused, alot of the clan ran far and away to Australia (or was sent to on a prison ship?) where my Mother's family was and still is.

General_Grievous
09-17-2007, 01:20 PM
Nobody I went to school with has gone on to fame...yet.

As for family, I'm related to Ilya and Alexander Salkind (producers of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies) from my mother's side of the family. Second or third cousins, I believe.

UKWildcat
09-17-2007, 01:24 PM
I went to the same high school as Lawrence Taylor and Bruce Hornsby; not at the same time of course. :p

General_Grievous
09-17-2007, 01:28 PM
I also went to the same high school as Jon Voight and Alan Alda.

El Chuxter
09-17-2007, 02:20 PM
I met Tycho and jjreason. Do they count?

Rocketboy
09-17-2007, 03:23 PM
My Great (possibly Great Great) Aunt babysat Charlton Heston.

TeeEye7
09-17-2007, 04:22 PM
I met Tycho and jjreason. Do they count?

Top of the pyramid! :thumbsup:

jedi master sal
09-17-2007, 04:56 PM
I dated a girl in high school that went on to become a porn star. I used to know her porn name, but for the life of me can't remember it now. Hmm, I might need to do some "research" on that. This is no BS either.

I won't post her real name for obvious reasons.

UKWildcat
09-17-2007, 05:19 PM
Wow sal!!! :lipsrsealed: I will never again be able to see you in the same way. ;)


now lets get that research under way.... lol

TeeEye7
09-17-2007, 05:42 PM
I won't post her real name for obvious reasons.

Under the laws of scientific research, I believe you are obligated to divulge your sources! :lipsrsealed:

mtriv73
09-17-2007, 06:33 PM
Tiki and Ronde Barber were a year behind me at Cave Spring High school in Roanoke, VA. We knew each other, but not that well (they probably don't even remember I existed now:cry:) They were always very nice and their mom made sure school came first. I've always really admired them (and her) even though they did break my heart and play for UVA.:razz:

stillakid
09-17-2007, 07:44 PM
I dated a girl in high school that went on to become a porn star. I used to know her porn name, but for the life of me can't remember it now. Hmm, I might need to do some "research" on that. This is no BS either.

I won't post her real name for obvious reasons.

Not too obvious, because for the life of me, I can't imagine what the problem would be in posting her name. :confused: So she chose porn as a profession. Big whoop. Should we think less of her because she's making a living instead of leaching off of welfare? Seriously, this culture needs a serious enema. If we were half as embarrassed over violence as we seem to be of sex, the world would be a lot happier place.

2-1B
09-17-2007, 08:54 PM
I used to date Jenna Jameson.

TeeEye7
09-17-2007, 10:56 PM
I used to date Jenna Jameson.

Before or after enhancement? :cheeky:

UKWildcat
09-17-2007, 10:59 PM
Does it really matter? :whip: ;)

2-1B
09-17-2007, 11:22 PM
Before or after enhancement? :cheeky:

:thumbsup: Yes. :thumbsup:

TeeEye7
09-18-2007, 12:15 AM
Does it really matter? :whip: ;)

No, not one little bit! :D

(But to some, size matters: "These aren't the orbs you're looking for....") :shocked:

figrin bran
09-18-2007, 01:35 AM
I met Tycho and jjreason. Do they count?

Well I met Tycho and JediTricks and SirSteve!

Andy Reid (Philly Eagles head coach) went to my high school but years before I did.

El Chuxter
09-18-2007, 01:38 AM
I met SirSteve and plasticfetish, too, but I thought jjreason was more famous, having starred in School of Rock and all. :D

I'm glad I've never met JediTricks, what with him being a Doombot.

BountyHunterScum
09-18-2007, 01:43 PM
Not too obvious, because for the life of me, I can't imagine what the problem would be in posting her name. :confused: So she chose porn as a profession. Big whoop. Should we think less of her because she's making a living instead of leaching off of welfare? Seriously, this culture needs a serious enema. If we were half as embarrassed over violence as we seem to be of sex, the world would be a lot happier place.

Something like that would make me think twice about dating certain women though.

JON9000
09-18-2007, 02:44 PM
I drank some Grey Goose with Donovan McNabb in Vegas, then drank some more Grey Goose with one of the bridesmaids for a girl who played a bridesmaid in Wedding Crashers. I'm sure Kevin Bacon is only two degrees away in either case!

JimJamBonds
09-18-2007, 11:43 PM
I have a cousin named Ryan Braun who will win Rookie of the Year for the Brewers.

I also went to high school and college with this guy who calls himself Caesar.

TeeEye7
10-25-2007, 07:58 AM
I don't know if this counts or not.....

Going through some stuff at home the other day, I found a copy of Shadows of Evil, a book I had purchased because I had some little part in its content. I also purchased it for the family history value. Finding it reminded me of this thread.

This is a book about serial killer Wayne Adam Ford, who dumped one of his victims in the California Aqueduct in the western part of our county. I was one of the crime scene investigators who worked the scene and helped to identify the victim, Tina Renee Gibbs. Although the author only mentions the homicide detectives by name who worked the case, and not us "grunts" who do a lot of the dirty work, I still thought it was cool to have a case I worked end up in a book. Even though I'm anonymous in the book, can I claim at least a smidgeon of fame?

BTW: don't buy this book...save your money! It's not very well written. :Ogre:

Bel-Cam Jos
10-27-2007, 10:59 AM
Speaking of books that deal with deaths and the investigations into the guilt involved, I attended a book talk where author Charles J. Shields spoke about his biography of Harper Lee, Mockingbird. He also spoke at an assembly at my school the day before, and wouldn't you know it, the only disruptive students to be POINTED OUT BY THE GUEST SPEAKER HIMSELF were... mine. :( :humiliated: But I talked with him later (and apologized for their behavior) and he was a cool dude. Got him to sign a copy of his book (felt guilty a bit, eh Bel-Cam? :rolleyes: ). In a few weeks, Mary Badham, the actress who played Scout in the movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird will also be in the area for a talk session. My favorite line from that film is her "entailments are bad..." one; wonder if I can get her to say it again! :nerd: :yes:

Qui-Long Gone
10-27-2007, 02:38 PM
I don't know nor am related to anyone famous or culturally important...

Although I am friends with a guitarist who toured with Jonny Cash, Conway Twitty and Waylon Jennings....he's also buddies with Dick Clark.

My sister is friends with many of the Colt's player's wives back in Indianapolis.

Bel-Cam Jos
12-30-2008, 11:25 AM
Although he's lived near me (meaning same city, not really neighbors), I finally met woodworker Sam Maloof this past weekend. His home, which he built mostly himself, is amazing; every door handle and doorway arch is different, furniture carved by him, various pottery, artwork, and paintings by others spread around, great views out windows of the mountains and valley area. It's basically a museum (yes, they charge admission and yes, there's a "gift" shop). He stopped by to say "hello" to our group. He'll turn 93 in the next month or so. If only I could be so creative and active (I am three years his senior, you know :rolleyes: )...

TeeEye7
12-30-2008, 12:17 PM
Here's a quick bio on Maloof. I hadn't heard of him before. A cool neighbor, BCJ!

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

Back to the thread: I found out that I'm a direct descendant of Rebecca Towne Nurse, who was hung as a witch in the Salem Witch Trials. She's a featured character in Arthur Miller's The Crucible and movies made from that play.

Mad Slanted Powers
12-30-2008, 09:38 PM
As a grad student, I taught a math class each quarter. Orlondo Steinauer was in one of those classes. He has had a long successful career as a defensive back in the Canadian Football League.