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George Brett baseball player, Glendale

George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals. He is considered one of the greatest third basemen in Major League Baseball history.

Early life and baseball career

Brett was the youngest of four sons of a sports-minded family which included his oldest brother Ken, a major-league pitcher who had pitched in the World Series in 1967 at just barely 19 years old. (Brothers John & Bobby had brief careers in the minor leagues.) Although George was born in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, the Brett family moved to the Midwest and later to El Segundo, a modest suburb of Los Angeles, just south of LAX airport. George grew up here, hoping to follow in his three older brothers' footsteps. He graduated from El Segundo High School in 1971 and was drafted by the fledgling Kansas City Royals in the second round (29th overall) of the 1971 baseball draft. Interestingly, Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt was drafted with the next pick (30th) by the Phillies.

Brett began his professional baseball career as a shortstop, but had trouble going to his right defensively and was soon shifted to third base. As a third baseman, his powerful arm remained an asset, and he remained at that spot for well over 15 years. Brett's minor league stops were in Billings, Montana (1971) for Rookie League, San Jose, California (1972) for Single-A, and Omaha, Nebraska in 1973 for Triple-A with the Omaha Royals, batting .291, .274, and .284 respectively. The K.C. Royals promoted him to the major leagues on August 2, 1973, where he played in 13 games and was 5 for 40 (.125).

Brett won the starting third base job in 1974, but struggled at the plate until he asked for help from Charlie Lau, the Royals' hitting instructor. Spending the 1974 All-Star break working together, Lau taught Brett how to protect the entire plate and cover up some holes in his swing that experienced big-league pitchers were taking advantage of. Armed with this knowledge, Brett developed rapidly as a hitter, and finished the year with a .282 batting average in 113 games.

Brett topped the .300 mark for the first time in 1975 with a .308 mark, then won his first batting title in 1976 with a .333 average. The four contenders for the batting title that year were Brett and Royals teammate Hal McRae, and Minnesota Twins teammates Rod Carew and Lyman Bostock. In dramatic fashion, Brett went 2 for 4 in the final game of the season against the Twins, beating out his three rivals, all playing in the same game. His lead over second-place McRae was less than .001. The title was marred by accusations of a racial angle as Twins defender Steve Brye dropped a fly ball leading to one of Brett's hits and his win of the title over McRae.

Early career success

From May 8 through May 16, 1976, Brett had 3 base hits in 6 consecutive games, a Major League record. That year, the Royals won the first of three straight West Division titles, beginning a great rivalry with the New York Yankees — whom they faced in the American League Championship Series each of those three years. In the fifth and final game of the 1976 ALCS, Brett hit a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to tie the score at six — only to see the Yankees' Chris Chambliss launch a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth to give the Royals' rivals a 7-6 win.

A year later, Brett emerged as a power hitter with 22 home runs helping the Royals to another American League Championship Series, 1977. In 1978 Brett batted "only" .294 (the only time between 1976 and 1983 in which he did not bat at least .300) in helping the Royals win a third consecutive American League West title. However, Kansas City once again lost to the Yankees in the ALCS, but not before Brett hit three home runs off Catfish Hunter in Game Three, becoming only the second player (after Bob Robertson in Game Two of the 1971 National League Championship Series) to hit three home runs in an LCS game.

Brett proceeded to have an incredible 1979 season, in which he finished third in MVP voting. He became the sixth player in league history to have at least 20 doubles, triples and homers all in one season (42-20-23) and led the league in hits, doubles and triples while batting .329, with an on-base percentage of .376 and a slugging percentage of .563.


All these impressive statistics were just a prelude to 1980, when Brett nearly matched Ted Williams' feat of batting .400 in 1941. Brett was at or above .400 as late in the season as September 19 before settling at .390, the modern record for the highest average ever by a third baseman. This time, there was no doubt Brett was the league MVP. George Brett's 1980 batting average of .390 is second only to Tony Gwynn's 1994 average of .394 for the highest single season batting average in the last 65 years (next at .388 are Rod Carew (1977) and Ted Williams (1957)). Brett also recorded 118 RBI, while appearing in just 117 games.

Brett started out slowly, hitting only .259 in April. In May, he hit .329 to get his season average to .301. In June, the 27 year-old third baseman hit .472 (17-36), raising the season's average to .337, but played his last game for a month on June 10, not returning to the line-up until after the All-Star Break on July 10.

In July, after being off for a month, he played in 21 games & hit a spectacular .494 (42-85), raising his season average to .390. Brett started a 30 game hitting streak on July 18, which lasted until he went 0-3 on August 19 (the following night he went 3-3). During these 30 games Brett hit .467 (57-122). His high mark for the season came a week later, when the batting average was at .407 on August 26, after he went 5-5 on a Tuesday night in Milwaukee. He batted .430 for the month of August (30 games), and his season average was at .403 with 5 weeks to go. For the three hot months of June, July, & August 1980, George Brett played in 60 American League games and hit an astounding .459 (111-242), most of it after a return from a month-long injury. For these 60 games he had 69 RBI's and 14 home runs.

Brett missed another 10 days in early September and hit just .290 for the month. His average was at .400 as late as September 19, but he then had 4 for 27 slump, and the average dipped to .384 on September 27, with a week to play. For the final week, Brett went on a 10-19 tear, which included going 2 for 4 in the final regular season game on October 4. His season average ended up at .390 (175 hits in 449 at-bats = .389755), and he averaged more than one RBI per game. Brett led the league in both on-base percentage (.454) and slugging percentage (.664) on his way to capturing 17 of 28 possible first-pace votes in the MVP race.

More importantly, the Royals won the American League West, and would face the Eastern champion Yankees in the ALCS.

1980 post-season

In the 1980 post-season, Brett led the Royals to their first American League pennant, sweeping the playoffs in three games from the rival Yankees who had beaten K.C. in the 1976, 1977 and 1978 playoffs. In Game 3, Brett hit a ball well into the third deck of Yankee Stadium off superstar closer Goose Gossage. Long-time ABC broadcaster Howard Cosell commented "...it looked like Gossage let up on that pitch that Brett hit out, and Brett made him pay for it." A few seconds later the ABC radar gun showed the pitch's speed at 98 mph, Gossage's fastest pitch of the game.

George Brett then hit .375 in the 1980 World Series, but the Royals lost in six games to the Philadelphia Phillies. During the Series, Brett made headlines for reasons other than his play on the field. After leaving Game 2 in the 6th inning due to hemorrhoid pain, Brett had minor surgery the next day, and in Game 3 returned to hit a home run as his Royals wound up winning in 10 innings by the score of 4-3. (In 1981 he would miss two weeks of Spring training to have his hemorrhoids removed.)

The Pine Tar Incident

Brett had injuries on-and-off for the next four years, during which his most notable event in his career was the notorious "Pine Tar Incident". On July 24, 1983, the Royals were playing the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. In the top of the ninth inning, Brett came up to bat against Goose Gossage, his old rival. Brett hit a two-run homer, to put the Royals up 5-4. After Brett rounded the bases, Yankees manager Billy Martin came out of the dugout and used home plate to measure the amount of pine tar, a legal substance used by hitters to improve their grip, on Brett's bat. Martin cited an obscure rule that stated the pine tar on a bat could extend no further than 18 inches. Brett's pine tar extended about 24 inches. Earlier in the season, the Yankees had taken note Brett's habit of adding pine tar further than the allowed 18 inches, but waited until a crucial time to point it out to the umpires.

"I've never seen this," said sportscaster and ex-Yankee Bobby Murcer on WPIX as he watched McClelland measure the bat across the plate. "I never have either," said Murcer's partner, Frank Messer. A few moments later, the home plate umpire, Tim McClelland, signaled Brett out.

The normally mild-mannered Brett charged out of the dugout, enraged, and was immediately ejected. An incredulous Messer:

Years later, Brett explained his outburst by saying "It was just such an extraordinary thing to hit a homer off [Gossage], the thought of losing it was too much". In the same interview he also humorously chided his teammate Hal McRae (who was on deck) for not removing the bat from home plate before Billy Martin could have it inspected. "If Hal had [taken the bat], then I'd only be known for hemorrhoids," Brett quipped.

The Royals protested the game, and their protest was upheld by AL president (and former Yankees chief executive) Lee MacPhail, who ruled that the bat was not "altered to improve the distance factor", and that the rules only provided for removal of the bat from the game, and not calling the batter out.

The game was continued later that season, starting after Brett's homer. Billy Martin had one last trick up his sleeve, appealing the play before, saying the umpires had no way of knowing Brett and the other runner had touched all the bases. Martin was stunned when the umpires produced affidavits saying he had. The game had virtually no effect on 1983's pennant race, but was in many ways the closing chapter on a heated rivalry. The video of the enraged Brett is replayed often on the anniversary date of July 24, and the Pine Tar Game has become part of baseball folklore. Brett's famous pine tar bat is now on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.


In 1985, Brett had another brilliant season in which he helped to propel the Royals to their second pennant. He batted .335 with 30 home runs and 112 RBI, finishing in the top 10 of the league in 10 different offensive categories. Defensively, he won his only Gold Glove. In the final week of the regular season, he went 9-for-20 at the plate with 7 runs, 5 homers, and 9 RBI in six crucial games, five of them victories, as they Royals closed a gap and won the division title at the end. He was MVP of the 1985 playoffs against the Toronto Blue Jays, with an incredible game 3. With KC down in games 2-0, Brett homered in his first two at bats against Doyle Alexander, and doubled to the same spot in right field in his third at bat, leading the Roayls comeback. Brett then batted .370 in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, as the Royals again rallied from a 3-1 deficit to become World Series Champions for the first and so far only time in Royals history.

Later career

In 1988, Brett moved across the diamond to first base in an effort to reduce his chances of injury and had another MVP-calibre season with a .306 average, 24 homers and 104 RBI. But after batting just .290 with 16 homers the next year, it looked like his career might be slowing down. He got off to a terrible start in 1990 and at one point even considered retirement. But his manager, former teammate John Wathan, encouraged him to stick it out. Finally, in July, the slump ended and Brett batted .386 for the rest of the season. In September, he caught Rickey Henderson for the league lead, and in a battle down to the last day of the season, captured his third batting title with a .329 mark. This made him the first player in history to date to win batting titles in three decades.

Brett played three more seasons for the Royals, mostly as their designated hitter, but occasionally filling in for injured teammates at first base. He passed the 3,000-hit mark in 1992 and retired after the 1993 season. In his final at-bat, he hit a single up the middle against Rangers closer Tom Henke and scored on a home run by teammate Gary Gaetti.

The Kansas City Royals have retired Brett's number 5.

He was voted the Hometown Hero for the Royals in a 2-month fan vote. This was revealed on the night of September 27, 2006 in an hour-long telecast on ESPN. He is one of the few players to receive over 400,000 votes.


His 3,154 career hits are the most by any third baseman in major league history, and 15th all-time. Baseball historian Bill James regards him as the second-best third baseman of all time, trailing only his contemporary, Mike Schmidt. Brett was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999, with what was then the fourth-highest voting percentage in baseball history (98.2%), trailing only Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and Ty Cobb. In 2007, Cal Ripken Jr. passed Brett with 98.5% of the vote. He received the highest percentage for an infielder ever, higher than all-time outfielders Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, and Joe DiMaggio. That same year, he ranked Number 55 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. Brett is one of four players in MLB history to accumulate 3000 hits, 300 home runs, and a career .300 batting average (the others are Stan Musial, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron). Most indicative of his hitting style, Brett is fifth on the career doubles list, with 665 (trailing Tris Speaker, Pete Rose, Stan Musial, and Ty Cobb). Combining his superior hitting skill with his great defensive ability and team focus (& humility), George Brett is arguably one of the most complete baseball players of all time.

Post baseball activities

Following the end of his baseball career, Brett became a vice president of the Royals and has worked as a part-time coach, as a special instructor in spring training, filling in as the batting coach, and as a minor league instructor dispatched to help prospects develop. In 1998, an investor group headed by Brett and his older brother, Bobby, made an unsuccessful bid to purchase the Kansas City Royals.

In 1992, Brett married the former Leslie Davenport and they currently reside in the Kansas City suburb of Prairie Village, KS. The couple has three children: Jackson (named after his father), Dylan, and Robin (named for fellow Hall of Famer Robin Yount of the Milwaukee Brewers).


Elected to Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers in 1999, Player
488 votes on 497 ballots   98.2%
Born: May 15, 1953, in Glen Dale, West Virginia
ML Debut: 8/2/1973
Primary Position: Third Baseman
Bats: L   Throws: R   Primary Uniform #: 5
Played For: Kansas City Royals (1973-1993)
Primary Team: Kansas City Royals
Post-Season: 1976 ALCS, 1977 ALCS, 1978 ALCS, 1980 ALCS, 1980 World Series, 1981 ALDS, 1984 ALCS, 1985 ALCS, 1985 World Series
Awards: All-Star (12): 1976-1986, 1988; American League Most Valuable Player 1980; Gold Glove: 1985; 1985 ALCS Most Valuable Player

Bruce Bosley, Pro Football Player, Green Bank, 1933-1995

Bruce played 13 years for the San Francisco 49rs and 1 year for the Atlanta Falcons

Watching his father spend long hours treating leather working in a tanning company in tiny Durbin, W.Va., young Bruce Bosley made up his mind that there was something better out there for him to do.
As it turned out, his way out of the tanning business happened to be a football scholarship to West Virginia University. Bosley, a third team Class B all-state fullback at Green Bank High School, caught the sharp eye of West Virginia football coach Art “Pappy” Lewis and he was offered a full scholarship to play for the Mountaineers.
Even though Lewis knew all about him, others in the state weren’t as quick to notice.
Bosley was not one of the 50 high school players invited to play in the 1952 West Virginia North-South all-star game. After the first day of practice, one player got hurt and another got sick and the high school coaches went scrambling to find a replacement.
Lewis, watching the two teams practice, finally spoke up: “Hell, I can get you the best damn player in the state. His name is Bruce Bosley.”
Quarterback Fred Wyant, who later became a teammate of Bosley's at WVU, spotted the husky Green Bank native the minute he walked out onto the practice field.
“We were out on the field and all of the sudden here came this guy who looked like a Greek god,” Wyant remembered.
A big, strong country boy, Bosley was the type of player physically capable of playing college football right away.
“Bruce was extremely strong, had great football instincts and was intelligent,” recalled Gene Corum -- WVU’s line coach at the time. “I called him a gentle giant. I had seen his tremendous strength on the field and then I had seen him baby sit my two daughters and he was so gentle with them. They loved him.”
Not only was Bosley a gifted athlete, he was also a top-rate student who took the hardest courses at WVU.
“I don’t remember Bruce practicing very much,” said teammate and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff. “He was in engineering and had a lot of labs.”
As it turned out, Bosley didn’t need that much practicing.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound lineman quickly developed a reputation for manhandling opposing players in the trenches. Bosley was an immediate starter and was one of the primary reasons West Virginia went from 5-5 in 1951 to 7-2 in 1952.In 1954, after a dominating performance against Penn State, Bosley was considered one of the country’s top linemen. He was named AP player of the week after West Virginia’s 19-14 victory at Penn State and went on to earn consensus All-America honors as a senior in 1955. West Virginia won 31 of 38 games Bosley played in during his four seasons from 1952-55.
Bosley, also an Academic All-American with a degree in chemical engineering, was invited to play in the College Football All-Star Game, the North-South Game and the Senior Bowl.
Based on his performances in those games, new San Francisco 49ers coach Norman Stader decided to make Bosley the team’s second pick in the second round of the 1956 draft as a defensive end.
By 1957, Bosley switched to line and was the team’s starting left guard, earning his first pro bowl berth in 1961. Two years later in 1963 when the team was searching for a center after an injury to starter Frank Morze, all-pro guard Bosley stepped in and learned that position.
In 1965, Bosley was named to the pro bowl again and was honored two more times in 1966 and 1967.
Detroit Lions all-pro middle linebacker Joe Schmidt says Bosley was one of the league’s most underrated snappers of the mid-1960s. According to Bosley’s 49er teammate “Tiger” Bill Johnson, Schmidt always voted him to the pro bowl.
“(Schmidt) is one of the smartest linebackers in the business,” Johnson once said, “and he thinks Bosley is the greatest center going in the game today.”
Even though many of the 49er teams Bosley played on had losing records, San Francisco was always known for its innovative offenses led by quarterback John Brodie and running back Ken Willard.
Bosley also had a part in Coach Howard “Red” Hickey’s shotgun offense first introduced in the NFL in 1961.
Bosely played in two of the more memorable games in NFL history. The first came on Dec. 22, 1957, at old Kezar Stadium when San Francisco blew a 24-7 halftime lead and lost 31-27 to the Detroit Lions in a one-game playoff to determine the Western Conference championship.
Playing without injured quarterback Bobby Layne, the Lions still managed to score three touchdowns in a span of 4:29 in one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history.
“At halftime I was thinking about the $5,000 we’d get for winning the game,” said Bosley after the game.
Seven years later on Oct. 25, 1964, Bosley was involved in one of the strangest plays in NFL history when Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Jim Marshall picked up a Billy Kilmer fumble and ran the wrong way to his own end zone.
Chasing Marshall all the way to the Viking goal line was Bosely, who greeted Marshall in the end zone with a friendly tap on the shoulder to record the safety and an ear-to-ear grin: “Thanks Jim,” he said.
By 1967, Bosely was cultivating his other passion: restoring old homes. NFL Films visited his Hillsbrough W.S. Crocker Estate carriage house for a show called “They Lead Two Lives,” which chronicled his career as both a star football player and respected home builder.
During the next 11 years he remodeled two other estates in Hillsborough as president of Interior Design, a home building, remodeling, interior decorating, furnishing and real-estate company.
Meanwhile, Bosley spent another season with the 49ers in 1968 and a year with the Atlanta Falcons in 1969 before retiring.
Bosley became part-owner of a wholesale electrical supply house in addition to his home remodeling business and was also well-known for his civic and charitable activities in San Francisco.
Among his most prominent roles was membership on the board of directors for the San Francisco Annex for Cultural Arts, membership on the mayor’s committee for the San Francisco Council for the Performing Arts, and a long-time volunteer role with both the San Francisco Film Festival and the San Francisco Ballet.
Bosley also served a stint as the president of the NFL Alumni Association.
He lived and thrived in San Francisco until his death from a heart attack on April 26, 1995.
Despite spending nearly 40 years of his life in northern California, Bosley never forgot his West Virginia roots.

“Things may change and your career may take you away in a different direction but there are things you never forget. I’ve never left my roots. They are in West Virginia,” Bosley told Charleston Daily Mail sports editor Bill Smith several years ago.
Bosley is listed on the San Francisco 49ers “Golden Era” team from 1946-69 and he was named to the college football’s 75th Silver Anniversary Team in 1981.
Bosley, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, was a part of West Virginia University’s second hall of fame induction class of 1992.
More recently, he was named the state of West Virginia’s 30th greatest sports figure in a poll conducted by CNNSI.com.

Pearl S. Buck author, Hillsboro, 1892-1973

Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker was born on June 26, 1892, in Hillsboro, West Virginia. Her parents, Absalom and Caroline Sydenstricker, were Southern Presbyterian missionaries, stationed in China. Pearl was the fourth of seven children (and one of only three  who would survive to adulthood). She was born when her parents were near the end of a furlough in the United States; when she was three months old, she was taken back to China, where she spent most of the first forty years of her life.

The Sydenstrickers lived in Chinkiang (Zhenjiang), in Kiangsu (Jiangsu) province, then a small city lying at the junction of the Yangtze River and the Grand Canal. Pearl's father spent months away from home, itinerating in the Chinese countryside in search of Christian converts; Pearl's mother ministered to Chinese women in a small dispensary she established.

From childhood, Pearl spoke both English and Chinese. She was taught principally by her mother and by a Chinese tutor, Mr. Kung. In 1900, during the Boxer Uprising, Caroline and the children evacuated to Shanghai, where they spent several anxious months waiting for word of Absalom's fate. Later that year, the family returned to the US for another home leave.

In 1910, Pearl enrolled in Randolph-Macon Woman's College, in Lynchburg, Virginia, from which she graduated in 1914. Although she had intended to remain in the US, she returned to China shortly after graduation when she received word that her mother was gravely ill. In 1915, she met a young Cornell graduate, an agricultural economist named John Lossing Buck. They married in 1917, and immediately moved to Nanhsuchou (Nanxuzhou) in rural Anhwei (Anhui) province. In this impoverished community, Pearl Buck gathered the material that she would later use in The Good Earth and other stories of China.

The Bucks' first child, Carol, was born in 1921; a victim of PKU, she proved to be profoundly retarded. Furthermore, because of a uterine tumor discovered during the delivery, Pearl underwent a hysterectomy. In 1925, she and Lossing adopted a baby girl, Janice. The Buck marriage was  unhappy almost from the beginning, but would last for eighteen years.

From 1920 to 1933, Pearl and Lossing made their home in Nanking (Nanjing), on the campus of Nanking University, where both had teaching positions. In 1921, Pearl's mother died and shortly afterwards her father moved in with the Bucks. The tragedies and dislocations which Pearl suffered in the 1920s reached a climax in March, 1927, in the violence known as the "Nanking Incident." In a confused battle involving elements of Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist troops, Communist forces, and assorted warlords, several Westerners were murdered. The Bucks spent a terrified day in hiding, after which they were rescued by American gunboats. After a trip downriver to Shanghai, the Buck family sailed to Unzen, Japan, where they spent the following year. They then moved back to Nanking, though conditions remained dangerously unsettled.

Pearl had begun to publish stories and essays in the 1920s, in magazines such as Nation, The Chinese Recorder, Asia, and Atlantic Monthly. Her first novel, East Wind, West Wind, was published by the John Day Company in 1930. John Day's publisher, Richard Walsh, would eventually become Pearl's second husband, in 1935, after both received divorces.

In 1931, John Day published Pearl's second novel, The Good  Earth. This became the best-selling book of both 1931 and 1932, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Howells Medal in 1935, and would be adapted as a major MGM film in 1937. Other novels and books of non-fiction quickly followed. In 1938, less than a decade after her first book had appeared, Pearl won the Nobel Prize in literature, the first American woman to do so. By the time of her death in 1973, Pearl would publish over seventy books: novels, collections of stories, biography and autobiography, poetry, drama, children's literature, and translations from the Chinese.

In 1934, because of conditions in China, and also to be closer to Richard Walsh and her daughter Carol, whom she had placed in an institution in New Jersey, Pearl moved permanently to the US. She bought an old farmhouse, Green Hills Farm, in Bucks County, PA. She and Richard adopted six more children over the following years. Green Hills Farm is now on the Registry of Historic Buildings; fifteen thousand people visit each year.

From the day of her move to the US, Pearl was active in American civil  rights and women's rights activities. She published essays in both Crisis, the journal of the NAACP, and Opportunity, the magazine of the Urban League; she was a trustee of Howard University for twenty years, beginning in the early 1940s. In 1942, Pearl and Richard founded the East and West Association, dedicated to cultural exchange and understanding between Asia and the West. In 1949, outraged that existing adoption services considered Asian and mixed-race children unadoptable, Pearl established Welcome House, the first international, inter-racial adoption agency; in the nearly five decades of its work, Welcome House has assisted in the placement of over five thousand children. In 1964, to provide support for Amerasian children who were not eligible for adoption, Pearl also established the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, which provides sponsorship funding for thousands of children in half-a-dozen Asian countries.

Pearl Buck died in March, 1973, just two months before her eighty-first birthday. She is buried at Green Hills Farm.

Phyllis Curtin soprano, Clarksburg

Born: December 3, 1921 - Clarksburg, West Virginia, USA
The esteemed American soprano and teacher, Phyllis Curtin (née Smith), studied at Wellesley College (B.A., 1943) and received vocal instruction from Olga Avierino, Joseph Regnaeas, and Goldovsky.
In 1946 Phyllis Curtin made her operatic debut as Lisa in The Queen of Spades with the New England Opera Theatre in Boston. Her recital debut followed in 1950 at New York’s Town Hall. In October 1953 she made her first appearance with the New York City Opera, as Fräulein Burstner in Gottfried von Einem's The Trial; where she remained on the roster until 1960; then returned in 1962, 1964, and 1975-76. She also made appearances at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (1959), the Glyndebourne Festival (1959), the Vienna State Opera (1960-1961), and at La Scala in Milan (1962). In November 1961 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in New York as Fiordiligi, remaining on its roster for the season; she returned for the 1966-1970 and 1972-1973 seasons. Her tours as a soloist with orchestras and as a recitalist took her all over the globe until her retirement in 1984.
Phyllis Curtin taught at the Aspen (Colorado) school of Music and the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood. After serving as professor of voice at the Yale University School of Music (1974-1983), she was professor of voice and dean of the school of the arts at Boston University (from 1983); in 1992 she retired as its dean but continued to teach there.
Phyllis Curtin became well known for such roles as Mozart's Countess, Donna Anna, Rosalinde, Eva, Violetta, Alice Ford, Salome, and Ellen Orford. She also created Floyd’s Susannah (1955) and Cathy in Wuthbering Heights (1958).

Little Jimmy Dickens, Country Entertainer, Bolt

Little Jimmy Dickens, born in Bolt, West Virginia on December 19, 1925, is the master of the country novelty song, as well as a renowned ballad singer. He also known for his diminutive stature -- he's less than five feet tall -- and his affection for flamboyant, rhinestone-studded outfits and country humor. Although he never had a consistent presence on the charts, he managed to have hits in every decade between the 1940s and the 1970s, and he became one of the Grand Ole Opry's most popular performers.
Dickens was the 13th child of a West Virginian farmer. During his childhood, he fell in love with music and had a dream of performing on the Grand Ole Opry. He began performing professionally while he was a student at the University of West Virginia in the late '30s, singing on a local radio station. Dickens left school shortly after he received his regular radio job. He began traveling around the country, singing on radio shows in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan under the name Jimmy the Kid. Roy Acuff heard Dickens sing on a radio show in Saginaw, MI, and invited him to sing on the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1949, Dickens -- who was now using the name Little Jimmy Dickens -- became a permanent member of the Grand Ole Opry. That year, he also signed a record contract with Columbia Records, releasing his first single, "Take an Old Cold Tater and Wait," in the spring of 1949. The song became a Top Ten hit and launched a string of hit novelty, ballad, and honky tonk singles that lasted for a year, including "Country Boy," "A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed," "Hillbilly Fever," and "My Heart's Bouquet." Early in the '50s, he formed a band called the Country Boys, which featured a steel guitar, two lead guitars, and drums. With their spirited traditional country approach and vague rockabilly inflections, the band didn't sound like their Nashville contemporaries. Perhaps that's why Dickens only had one hit between 1950 and 1962: 1954's "Out Behind the Barn."Dickens bounced back to the Top Ten with the ballad "The Violet and the Rose" in 1962. Three years later, he had his biggest hit, "May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose." The single topped the country charts and crossed over to number 15 on the pop charts. Although his next single, "When the Ship Hit the Sand," was moderately successful, Dickens wasn't able to replicate the success of "May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose." In 1968, he stopped recording for Columbia, signing with Decca Records, where he had three minor hits in the late '60s and early '70s. In 1971, he moved to United Artists, which resulted in two more small hits, but by that time he had begun to concentrate on performing as his main creative outlet. Dickens continued to tour and perform at the Grand Ole Opry into the '90s, becoming one of the most beloved characters in country music.

Joanne Dru actress, Logan, 1922-1996

Joanne Dru (January 31, 1922 – September 10, 1996) was an American film actress. She also was the elder sister of Peter Marshall, best known for being the host of Hollywood Squares.

Born Joanne Letitia LaCock in Logan, West Virginia, Dru came to New York City in 1940, aged 18, and after finding employment as a model, was chosen by Al Jolson to appear in the cast of his Broadway show Hold Onto Your Hats. During this time Dru met and married the popular singer, Dick Haymes, and when they moved to Hollywood she found work in theater. Dru was spotted by a talent scout and made her first film appearance in Abie's Irish Rose (1946).
Over the next decade Dru appeared frequently in films, most often cast in westerns such as the John Wayne films Red River (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949). She also gave a well received performance in the dramatic film All the King's Men (1949).
She later lamented that she had been typecast in western films, commenting that once an actress became typecast, that was the end, and adding that she had never liked horses. She also appeared in the Martin and Lewis film 3 Ring Circus. Her film career began to fade by the end of the 1950s but she continued working frequently in television, and played the female lead in the 1960 ABC sitcom Guestward, Ho!.
Although regarded as a capable and popular film actress, it was for her contributions to television that Dru was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Dru died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 74 from lymphedema, a disease "which is especially common after surgery or radiation therapy were used in combination to treat cancer", which indicates that she probably had undergone these treatments for cancer (likely breast cancer) prior to her death.

George Friel, U.S. Army Major General, Marlinton

Major General Friel (Ret.) served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1998. He was the commanding general of the U.S. Army Chemical and Biological Defense Command, at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland from August 1992 to August 1998 and deputy chief of staff for Chemical and Biological Matters of the Army Material Command in Virginia, during the same time. MG. Friel was also responsible for a $600 million annual budget for the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Defense Command for six years and directed over 1,100 scientists and engineers. MG. Friel has also served as chairman of the boards of the Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Defense Enterprise at the Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland and the U.S. Army Material Command, Acquisition and Procurement Enterprise. MG. Friel earned an M.B.A. from Northwest Missouri State University and a B.S. from the University of Nebraska. He is a graduate from the U.S. Army Chemical School, The Army Command and General Staff College and The Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

John S. Knight publisher, Bluefield, 1894-1981

John Shively Knight, founder of Knight Newspapers, was considered a visionary of journalism in the sense that he belonged to a breed of publishers, comparable to William Randolph Hearst, who were strong-willed, competitive, and politically conscious. Their major interest was to buy newspaper competitors and create newspaper groups. To the city of Akron, Ohio, he signified a "mover and shaker," because he was instrumental to the area's growth and development, observing and contributing to Akron's metamorphosis from a canal town to a heavy industrial center, to finally a post- industrial city. Knight parlayed the Akron Beacon Journal, which he inherited from his father, into Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Inc., which by 1981 consisted of 32 newspapers in 17 states, employed 15,000 workers and boasted a circulation of 3.6 million daily.

 Born October 26, 1894, in Bluefield, West Virginia, as the second son of Charles Landon and Clara Irene Scheifly Knight, John Shively grew up in Akron, Ohio, where his outspoken father worked his way up from advertising manager to editor and publisher of the Beacon Journal in 1909. By 1915, "C. L.," as he preferred to be known, acquired full control of the newspaper and continued to write his trademark fiery editorials. Young John Knight attended Crosby Elementary and was sent to Tome School at Port Deposit, Maryland, to prepare for college. He completed his senior year at Akron's Central High School, graduating in 1914. During summer vacations from school, Knight worked in his father's newspaper office. His college education at Cornell University was interrupted in 1917 as he left to enlist in the Army, eventually seeing action in the Argonne. Upon his return to the United States, Knight traveled to California with $5,000 won in crapshooting to contemplate going into the cattle business. Instead, he followed his father's wishes, returned to Akron and became a sports journalist, writing under the pseudonym "Walker," because, he confessed, "I was ashamed of the stuff. I didn't write well enough." In 1921, Knight married Katherine "Kitty" McLain, who died unexpectedly in 1929 and left him three sons--John Shively Jr., Charles Landon, and Franklin. Already Managing Editor of the Beacon Journal by 1925, he married a second time (in 1932) to Beryl Zoller Comstock. In 1933, the elder Charles Landon Knight died and John Knight inherited the positions of editor and publisher of the Beacon Journal.

 The Akron paper was the first of a chain of newspapers under Knight's ownership. Upon purchasing the Miami Herald in 1937 for $2 million, he bought and subsequently closed the Miami Tribune and the Scripps-Howard Akron Times Press. Very quickly he acquired control of the Detroit Free Press and the Chicago Daily News. Despite the rapid growth of his newspaper group, Knight was firmly opposed to the centralized management characteristic of the large Hearst newspaper chain. The Akron editor and publisher was an ardent advocate of preserving the uniqueness of a region. The Beacon Journal claimed to be nonpartisan during a time when newspapers generally stated political preferences forthrightly. Knight expressed his personal views and critical acceptance of Akron in "The Editor's Notebook," a weekly column he wrote for almost 40 years. His major journalistic concern was editorial integrity and the preservation of a free press in the United States and abroad. As the 1944 President of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, he sent representatives on a worldwide tour, interviewing editors and governmental officials in the interest of journalistic freedom. Observations and final reports disclosed that in practically all cases the press was used as an instrument of government propaganda and social control. Knight believed that a free and honest press would help to reduce the chances for future wars.

During World War II, Knight temporarily departed from the newspaper circuit to become director of the United States Office of Censorship in London, where he served for one year as liaison for Great Britain and North Africa. Representing Akron's journalistic link to the war, Knight witnessed Japan's capitulation and was present with the first occupation troops in the country. His eldest son, John Shively, a lieutenant in the paratroopers, was killed in a March, 1945, ambush in Germany.

 Upon returning to the United States and the world of professional journalism, Knight's weekly "Editor's Notebook," along with the Detroit Free Press and the Charlotte Observer, won Pulitzer Prizes in 1968, making him the first publisher to be granted three such awards in a single year. By 1973, Knight owned 15 newspapers, including the Tallahassee Democrat, the Springfield Sun, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. In the following year the Knight Newspapers merged with the California-based Ridder Publications.

Personal tragedy struck Knight again as he was widowed for a second time in 1974 and his grandson, John Shively III, was stabbed to death during a robbery the following year. In 1976, Knight married Mary Elizabeth Augustus and retired as editorial chairman of Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Inc., having accumulated 26 Pulitzer Prizes altogether. During his retirement, Knight concentrated his efforts on raising thoroughbred race horses at his Fourth Estate Stables in Miami. He also excelled in golf, winning links championships at his many golf clubs. In honor of his father, Knight established the Knight Foundation (1940), which continues to provide major funding for worthy projects.

On June 16, 1981, Knight succumbed to a heart attack at the age of 86, only 7 months after his third wife had passed away. At the time of his death, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Inc., consisted of 32 newspapers and four television stations, and had been estimated to be valued at $245 million, the bulk of which went to the Knight Foundation.

Knight belonged to many organizations and societies, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors, where he twice served as president. He also held the positions of committee chairman, executive committee member, director of finance and vice president (1956) of the Associated Press.

In addition to the Pulitzer Prizes, Knight received numerous awards and honors, including the Elija Parish Lovejoy Award for journalistic achievement, the John Peter Zenger Award, the William Allen White Foundation Award, the National Press Award, the Poor Richard Gold Medal of Achievement Award, and honorary doctorates from The University of Akron, Northwestern, Kent State, Ohio State, University of Michigan, Oberlin, and Colby College.

Don Knotts actor, Morgantown, 1925-2006

Don Knotts, the rail-thin comic actor who was perhaps best known to millions of television viewers as the bungling Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife in "The Andy Griffith Show" and the squirrelly landlord in "Three's Company," died of lung cancer Feb. 24 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 81.

Mr. Knotts, who often played high-strung characters, won five Emmys for Best Supporting Actor in the 1960s as the swaggering but hapless Fife. Mr. Knotts developed the idea of the deputy sheriff when he heard that Andy Griffith, with whom he had worked in the play "No Time for Sergeants," was putting together a TV pilot set in the fictional North Carolina town of Mayberry.

The series was a huge success when it aired, from 1960 to 1968, consistently ranking in the top 10 of the Nielsen ratings.

Fife, who grew into one of the most beloved comic characters in American popular culture, generated sympathy and laughs in scenes in which he fumbled to load his service revolver with the single bullet Griffith allotted him.

"Don meant everything," Griffith said in a telephone interview. "Don made the show. I've lost a lifetime friend."

The two actors remained close friends over the years and reprised their roles in the 1986 television movie "Return to Mayberry."

Mr. Knotts's wife, actress Francey Yarborough, said in a statement that Griffith visited Mr. Knotts at the hospital shortly before his death to say goodbye.

"Don was an actor who played comedy as opposed to a comedian who does stand-up," said Mr. Knotts's longtime manager, Sherwin Bash, in a telephone interview. "He was one of a kind."

Mr. Knotts, who lived in West Los Angeles, left television in 1965 to devote more time to family-oriented film comedies that featured his zany, bugged-eyed expressions, high-pitched voice and perfect slapstick timing.

His movie credits include "The Incredible Mr. Limpet" (1964), "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" (1966), "The Reluctant Astronaut" (1967), "The Shakiest Gun in the West" (1968) and "The Love God?" (1969).

In the 1970s, Mr. Knotts teamed with fellow comic actor Tim Conway in the Disney movies "The Apple Dumpling Gang" and "The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again."

"It's because of Don that I'm in this business," Conway said in an interview last year with the Kansas City Star. "When I used to watch the old 'Steve Allen Show,' with Don Knotts and Louie Nye and Tom Poston -- the 'Man on the Street' stuff -- I just thought Don was the funniest guy I'd ever seen. And I used to wait for that show at night."

Mr. Knotts returned to television in the late 1970s, joining the cast of ABC's popular sitcom "Three's Company" as the cad landlord Ralph Furley, a swinger who usually donned an ascot and bright, colorful leisure suits. He remained with the show until its final season in 1984.

In recent years, he had recurring roles on television, including a part on Griffith's show "Matlock" and the series "Pleasantville." He also performed in dinner theaters and did voice-over for animated films. Most recently, he was the voice of Mayor Turkey Lurkey in last year's "Chicken Little."

He was born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924, in Morgantown, W.Va., where he grew up with three brothers. As a young man, he gravitated to the world of entertainment, starting as a ventriloquist. He lived in New York briefly before returning home and enrolling at West Virginia University.

He joined the Army during World War II and served as an entertainer. After the military, he returned to West Virginia University to finish his degree.

He worked in radio before getting his big break in the 1950s, when he won a spot to perform on "The Steve Allen Show." He drew howls from the audience playing a weatherman. The skit featured Mr. Knotts as a television weatherman forced to ad-lib the forecast without any information on the weather. As he wrote on a map about a weather system in California, stumbling over his words, it became clear he was writing "h-e-l-p."

His marriages to Kay Knotts and Loralee Knotts ended in divorce.

Survivors also include a son and a daughter.

Peter Marshall TV host, Huntington

Peter Marshall (born Ralph Pierre LaCock on March 30, c 1927), in Huntington, West Virginia, is an actor, singer and television personality. Although he has almost fifty television, movie, and Broadway credits, he is best known as the original host and "The Master" of The Hollywood Squares from 1966 to 1981. His stage name, Marshall, came from the name of the college in his home town (Marshall College became Marshall University in 1961).

Marshall came from a show business family, moving to New York City at the age of 12 after his father's death to be with his mother, an aspiring costume designer and later the president of the Motion Picture Mothers.

His elder sister, Joanne Dru, was a successful actress who made a number of westerns in the 1950s.

Marshall started his career at 15 as a singer with big bands. In the 1950s, Marshall earned his living as part of a comedy act with Tommy Noonan, and they appeared in night clubs and on television variety shows. Although Marshall occasionally worked in film and television, he could not find regular work in the industry until his friend Morey Amsterdam recommended him to Bert Parks to host the game show Hollywood Squares in 1966.

The show had a long run on daytime TV and in syndication, making Marshall as familiar to viewers as the celebrities who appeared on the show. The easy-going and unflappable Marshall was a perfect foil for the wicked wit of such panelists as Amsterdam and his Dick Van Dyke Show castmate Rose Marie, Paul Lynde, Jan Murray, and Wally Cox. The Hollywood Squares was cancelled by NBC in 1980, but daily production continued for syndication into 1981.

Interestingly, Marshall grew tired of hosting the show after several years and wanted to leave. Toward that end, he would make outrageous salary demands whenever his contract was up for renewal, hoping that he would be fired for doing so, but much to his surprise, his demands were always met.

After the demise of Hollywood Squares, Marshall continued to work on the game shows Fantasy (with cohost Leslie Uggams), All Star Blitz, Yahtzee, and The Reel to Reel Picture Show. However, none of these met with the success of the original Squares. He stayed in television and movies playing character parts. One of his memorable post-Squares roles was a cameo in the 1981 musical Annie playing radio personality Bert Healy.

His last film credit was the 1993 film Sista Dansen (The Last Dance), but he continued to work in television after that. He wrote a book about his experience, Backstage with the Original Hollywood Square.

Marshall's Broadway credits include Skyscraper and La Cage aux Folles.

In the quarter century since Marshall hosted the original Hollywood Squares the program has refused to leave the public consciousness. Two attempts to revive it in the 1980s (the first, a short-lived version hosted by Jon "Bowzer" Bauman from Sha-Na-Na; the second, a better-received edition emceed by John Davidson), met with mixed results, but a parody version in In Living Color hosted by Marshall showed a glimpse of the magic displayed in the original (since then, another attempt at reviving the game show, this time emceed by Tom Bergeron, reflected the success rate of the Davidson edition). Despite the various different versions between 1980 and 2004, Hollywood Squares remains most strongly identified with Marshall.

As of 2000, Marshall was back on the travelling circuit, this time as a singer with big bands. His website actively promotes his CDs.

In 2002, Marshall came back to the show as a panelist during a Game Show Week on the Tom Bergeron version, even hosting it for one day.

He is currently married to his third wife, Laurie Stewart, and has four children and two stepchildren from his previous marriages. He is also currently a host on the Music Of Your Life radio network.

His son, Pete LaCock, is a former Major League Baseball player. The retired first baseman spent nine years playing for the Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs before finishing up his career in Japan.

In 2006, Peter Marshall, who had already won an Emmy for Best Game Show Host, was the recipient of the annual Bill Cullen Award for Lifetime Achievement, from the non-profit organization, Game Show Congress.

Kathy Mattea country music, South Charleston

Kathy Mattea, full name Kathleen Alice Mattea (born June 21, 1959 in South Charleston, West Virginia), is a female country music and bluegrass performer who often brings celtic sounds to her music, particularly with her release of Love Travels, one of her most critically popular albums.

She was born in South Charleston because it had the nearest hospital to her parents' home in Cross Lanes, where she grew up, graduating from nearby Nitro High School. In 1976, while in college, she joined the bluegrass band Pennsboro, and two years later dropped out of school to move to Nashville. She worked as a tour guide at the Country Music Hall of Fame, did backup vocal work for Bobby Goldsboro , and sang demos for several Nashville songwriters and publishers including Nashville songwriter/producer Byron Hill, who brought her to the attention of Frank Jones (then head of Mercury Records), who signed her to her first record deal in 1983.

Mattea's third album, 1986's folky Walk the Way the Wind Blows, proved to be her breakthrough both critically and commercially. Her cover of Nanci Griffith's "Love at the Five and Dime" was her first major hit, reaching #3 (and in addition, earned Griffith notice as a songwriter); and the album produced three other top ten songs: "Walk the Way the Wind Blows" (#10), "You're the Power (#5), and "Train of Memories" (#6).

Further hit songs include her first #1, "Goin' Gone"; the truck-driving song "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses" (1988); "Come From the Heart" and "Burnin' Old Memories" (both #1 hits in 1989); "She Came From Fort Worth" (1990); "Lonesome Standard Time" (1992); "Walking Away a Winner" (1994); "Nobody's Gonna Rain on Our Parade" (1994); "Maybe She's Human" (1994); and "455 Rocket" (1997). "Eighteen Wheels," in late May 1988, became the first single by a solo female to spend multiple weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard country singles chart since Dolly Parton's "You're the Only One" in August 1979; both singles were on top of that chart for two weeks.

The heart-wrenching "Where've You Been," which Mattea's husband Jon Vezner co-wrote with singer/songwriter Don Henry, reached #2 on the country chart and won her a 1990 Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal. Mattea is a repeat winner of the County Music Associations Female Vocalist of the Year, which she won on the success of "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses" and "Where've You Been."

The following year, Mattea took part in Voices That Care, a multi-artist project that featured other top names in music for a one-off single to raise money for the allied troops in the Gulf War. The project included fellow country singers Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers and Randy Travis. She has also been heavily involved in HIV/AIDS-related charities beginning in the early 1990s, and is often credited with leading the country music community, commonly regarded as the last segment of the entertainment industry to address the AIDS epidemic, to finally do so. She performed with Mary Chapin Carpenter on VH1's very first Save The Music concert, which also starred Bette Midler.

Mattea won another Grammy in 1993 for her gospel-oriented Christmas album Good News. Her first single from the album, "Mary, Did You Know?" went on to be covered by Kenny Rogers with Wynonna, as well as Reba McEntire.

Mattea subsequently moved to MCA and, in 2000, released the ballad-heavy The Innocent Years, a heartfelt tribute to her ailing father. Wanting to explore her taste for Celtic folk, Mattea hopped labels to Narada, for whom she debuted in 2002 with the eclectic Roses.

With her social activism and her taste for songs with introspective lyrics, it has been often said that Mattea owes as much to the traditions of folk music as mainstream country.

Though her recent work has failed to make the country charts, Mattea continued to enjoy a strong following throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s; her albums are critically well received, and she continues to tour and perform. She continues to have strong support from a very active fan club, whose members refer to themselves as MatteaHeads.

Arch Alfred Moore jurist, Moundsville

Arch Alfred Moore, Jr. (born April 16, 1923) was the Governor of West Virginia from 1969 until 1977 and from 1985 until 1989. He was a Congressman from 1957 until entering the governor's office. He is a member of the United States Republican Party. He ran for reelection in 1988 but was defeated by Gaston Caperton. Allegations of corruption were a major reason for his defeat. He was eventually prosecuted for corruption and pled guilty to five felony charges. He was sentenced to five years and ten months in prison in 1990. He served over three years before his release. As a result of his conviction, Moore was disbarred and forfeited his state pension. In 1995, he paid a settlement of $750,000 to the state.

Moore was born in Moundsville, West Virginia in the state's industrial northern panhandle. He briefly attended Easton College in Easton, Pennsylvania before joining the United States Army during World War II. He received a disfiguring wound in the jaw during fighting in Germany. Moore was left for dead for two days in a German farmer's beet field after 33 of the 36 members of his platoon died in battle.

He then entered West Virginia University graduating in 1948 and then from its law school in 1951. While at WVU he was involved with student government and founded "Mountaineer Week" a celebration of West Virginia culture in response to his perception that the growing number of out-of-state students at the school were changing its character. The event has become a permanent part of the school's calendar. He was also a member of the Beta Psi chapter of Beta Theta Pi at West Virginia University and is a recipient of the fraternity's Oxford Cup.

Moore was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1952. In 1954, Moore made his first run for Congress, challlenging incumbent Democratic Congressman Robert Mollohan. Moore lost. In 1956, Mollohan vacated the seat to run for Governor of West Virginia, a race he lost to Republican Cecil Underwood. In 1956, Moore ran for the open congressional seat, winning by a margin of just 762 votes. Moore would subsequently be re-elected through the 1966 election, before seeking the governor's office in 1968. His terms in the House were marked by strong support for public works projects and for civil rights.

The state's Constitution, which had formerly had a one-term term limit and provided for a weak governor system, was amended in 1968 to strengthen the powers of the Governor and in 1970 to provide for a two-term limit. Moore became the first person re-elected governor in 1972, defeating Jay Rockefeller. Moore's first two terms as governor are best remembered for improvements in the state's highway system and for the Buffalo Creek Flood disaster. During Moore's first two terms as Governor, West Virginia built over 225 miles of interstate highways through mountainous terrain and the New River Gorge Bridge, once the world's longest steel arch bridge.

In 1976 Moore was term limited from seeking a third term and declined to challenge Robert C. Byrd for a seat in the United States Senate. He rather began a two-year campaign for the state's other Senate seat, which was expected to be vacated by the aging Jennings Randolph in 1978. To the surprise of almost all observers, the obviously declining Randolph stood for re-election. His campaign was entirely financed by then-governor Rockefeller, as Randolph's six-year term as Senator and a theoretical second Rockefeller term as governor would both expire in 1984, permitting Rockefeller to run for an open seat. Moore was outspent by 5 to 1 in this election, and lost by 4717 votes.

In 1980 Moore sought his third term as governor. Rockefeller outspent him by a figure of 20 to 1, and Moore again lost a close race.

In 1984 Moore again ran for governor and was returned by a very large margin, becoming the only West Virginia governor to be elected to three terms in office. He again turned his attention to highways, and saw the completion of last major section of interstate highway in the country, which had been left unbuilt during the Rockefeller terms, in 1988. He was defeated for re-election in 1988 and subsequently pled guilty to receiving a bribe relative to a refund of a workers compensation tax from a coal executive and served over three years in federal prison. Moore has always maintained that his plea was a part of a legal strategy and his attempts to withdraw it and stand trial on the matter were denied. As of 2005 he continues to maintain his innocence.

Moore now lives in Glen Dale.

His daughter Shelley Moore Capito is currently a member of the United States House of Representatives from West Virginia's 2nd Congressional district.

Mary Lou Retton gymnast, Fairmont

Born: 24 January 1968, Fairmont, West Virginia, Best Known As: Gold medalist in the 1984 Olympics 

In 1984 Mary Lou Retton became the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal for the all-around competition in gymnastics. The Summer Olympics were held that year in Los Angeles, California, with the Soviet Union boycotting the competition in retaliation for a United States boycott of the Moscow Olympics four years earlier. Besides her gold in the all-around competition, Retton also won 2 silver medals and 2 bronze, making her the single biggest medal winner of any athlete at that year's competition. Her Olympic success made her an instant celebrity, launching her career on the lecture circuit and getting her a few small roles in movies such as Scrooged and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult. She also has appeared frequently as a gymnastics commentator on TV.

Walter Reuther labor leader, Wheeling, 1946-1970

Walter Reuther was president of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) from 1946 until his death in 1970. Under his leadership, the UAW grew to more than 1.5 million members, becoming one of the largest unions in the United States. Reuther was widely admired as the model of a reform-minded, liberal, responsible trade unionist—the leading labor intellectual of his age, a champion of industrial democracy and civil rights who used the collective bargaining process and labor's political influence to advance the cause of social justice for all Americans.

Walter Reuther was born in Wheeling, W.V., on Sept. 1, 1907, the son of Valentine Reuther, a German socialist, and his wife, Anna Stocker. Reuther received an early education in socialism and union politics from his father. A visit to the prison where Socialist Party leader Eugene V. Debs was being held for his resistance to World War I made an indelible impression on the young Reuther, who became a committed Debsian socialist. Bored with his studies, Reuther dropped out of Wheeling High School at 16 and eventually became an apprentice tool-and-die maker. Fired for trying to organize a union, Reuther moved to Detroit in 1927, drawn by the Ford Motor Company's promise of high wages and a shorter workweek. He quickly established himself as one of the most skilled and respected mechanics at Ford's River Rouge plant. Working nights, Reuther earned his high school diploma at the age of 22 and took classes at Detroit City College (now Wayne State University), where he was joined by his younger brothers Victor and Roy.

The Great Depression consolidated the political and social activism of the Reuther brothers. Together with friends, they formed a Social Problems Club on campus and affiliated with the Socialist League of Industrial Democracy. They organized protests against establishing a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit on campus and against the segregationist policies of a local swimming pool leased by the college. In 1932, Walter campaigned for Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas. The following year, Walter and Victor began a nine-nation tour of Europe in Nazi Germany, ending it with a two-year stay in the Soviet Union, where the Reuther brothers worked at a massive automobile factory.

Reuther returned in 1935 and eventually decided to stay in Detroit, where he had fallen in love with May Wolf, a physical education teacher, Socialist Party activist and devotee of modern dance. Reuther and Wolf married in March 1936 after a brief courtship and raised two daughters together in the modest Detroit home they purchased in 1941.

Reuther began organizing for the UAW, the new auto workers union under the auspices of the Committee on Industrial Organization. Eager to make his mark in the labor movement, Reuther joined the fledgling UAW Local 86, representing employees at GM's Ternstadt parts plant, even though he was not employed by the company. Reuther was elected a delegate to the 1936 UAW national convention. His credentials were challenged daily by conservative delegates and, as a result, his name was constantly before the assembly.

Never shy and already an accomplished public speaker, Reuther emerged as the floor leader of the Michigan delegation and was elected to the UAW's national Executive Board.

Returning to Detroit a paid UAW official, Reuther set out to organize an amalgamated local on the city's west side. Within eight months, UAW Local 174, of which Reuther was the president, represented 30,000 workers and 76 shops. Reuther played a key role in planning the successful 1937 sit-down strike against GM in Flint, Mich., then joined others in the effort to secure similar UAW recognition from Ford. Reuther's organizing at Ford brought him national attention when newspaper photographers captured him being beaten bloody by Ford security men as he passed out leaflets outside Ford's River Rouge plant.

In 1939, Reuther became director of the UAW's General Motors department, and in 1942 he was elected the union's first vice president. During World War II, Reuther also served with the Office of Production Management, the War Manpower Commission and the War Production Board. As director of the UAW's GM division, Reuther won the respect of industry executives as well as the loyalty of the rank and file. When a wildcat strike movement swept GM's shops in 1944–1945, Reuther skillfully handled the crisis, championing the cause of the workers without running afoul of the government or the company. Then, in 1946, after the war's end, Reuther led a 116-day strike against GM, calling for a 30 percent wage increase without an increase in the retail price of cars, and he challenged GM to "open its books" to prove the demand impossible. GM refused both demands but did offer an 18 percent wage increase, which Reuther accepted.

In 1946, Reuther was elected president of the UAW. Although his postwar political agenda of national health care, economic redistribution and job security for all met defeat, Reuther continued to press these issues at the bargaining table. In 1948, GM agreed to a historic contract tying wage increases to the general cost-of-living and productivity increases. Over the next two decades, the union negotiated model grievance procedures, safety and health provisions, pensions, health benefits and "supplemental unemployment benefits" that enabled UAW members to earn up to 95 percent of their regular paycheck even if they were laid off.

An ally of the Communist Party in the 1930s, Reuther turned against the Communists in the 1940s, in part because he believed they subordinated the interests of the union and its members to that of the party and its Soviet sponsors. He supported the anti-communist provisions of the 1947 Taft-Hartley Act and in 1948 was a founding member of the staunchly anti-communist Americans for Democratic Action. Reuther became president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1952 after the death of Philip Murray; he immediately joined with George Meany, president of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), to negotiate a merger between the two groups, which took effect in 1955.

Unwilling to surrender the presidency of the UAW to become an elected AFL-CIO official, Reuther instead opted to be director of the federation's Industrial Union Department (IUD). As head of the IUD, Reuther called for large-scale 1930s-style organizing drives and broad-based grassroots political action committees. He fought tirelessly for civil rights protections and an enhanced welfare state that would benefit all Americans. Reuther stood beside Martin Luther King Jr. when he delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington, and he met weekly with President Lyndon Johnson throughout 1964–1965 to discuss legislative and political initiatives.

In 1968, frustrated at what he perceived to be an unwillingness or an inability to seize opportunities for action, Reuther pulled the UAW out of the AFL-CIO. He formed a short-lived Alliance for Labor Action with the Teamsters, which had been expelled from the AFL-CIO for corruption in the 1950s. Before the new group could launch any initiatives, however, Reuther; his wife, May; and two others were killed in a private plane crash. Reuther left a legacy of reform-minded unionism, civil rights activism and social justice idealism upon which the labor movement continues to draw.

Eleanor Steber soprano, Wheeling, 1916-1990

Born: July 17, 1916 - Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Died: October 3, 1990 - Langhorne, Pennsylvania, USA

The eminent American soprano, Eleanor Steber, grew up in a musical family. Her mother was an accomplished amateur singer and taught her voice and piano, took her to concerts, arranged for coaching, and strongly encouraged her to study and to sing in school and community shows. Eleanor later studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston, originally intending to major in piano, but her voice teacher, William Whitney, persuaded her to focus on singing, instead. She received Bachelor of Music in 1938. At the beginning she did a lot of radio, oratorio, and church work. Steber’s opera debut was in 1936, appearing as Senta with the Commonwealth Opera in a WPA production of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, a demanding role indeed for a 21-year-old. In 1939, she went to New York to study with Paul Althouse who had a great influence on her. In 1940 she won first prize at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air, earning a Met contract.

Eleanor Steber's first role at the Met was Sophie in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier in October 1940. During the next years she benefited from conductors such as Bruno Walter, Sir Thomas Beecham, Erich Leinsdorf and George Szell. She was a versatile artist and appeared in Italian, French and German operas. Things began to change for her at the Met when Rudolf Bing took over the company in 1950. By this time, her career extended well beyond New York (San Francisco, Chicago and Europe). At the Met, though, she began to feel that she was being passed over for mainstream Italian roles in favour of Tebaldi and Callas. Altogether she appeared 286 times in New York and 118 times on tour. She sang 28 leading roles in an extremely large repertoire. Her easy upper range, coupled with a rich, smoothly produced lower voice made her a natural for Mozart roles. Which she sang brilliantly, such as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and even Konstanze in the Abduction from the Seraglio, with its vocal pyrotechnics, as well as in other Mozart operas. As her voice matured, she sang some of the spinto roles in both the German and Italian repertoire. Her roles in this repertoire included Violetta, Elisabetta, Desdemona, Marguerite, Manon Lescaut, Mimi, and Tosca, and the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. In Wagner’s operas she sang Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Elsa in Lohengrin. She was also the company’s first Arabella in 1955, and in 1959 was the first to perform at the Met the challenging part of Marie in Berg’s opera Wozzeck. Steber was perhaps most famous for her creation of in January 1958 of the title role in Samuel Barber’s opera Vanessa (but it was first offered to Maria Callas and Sena Jurinac who both declined), and for commissioning his Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Steber was one of the most important sopranos in the USA during the 1940’s and 1950’s, with a sweet and yet full voice, and outstanding versatility (her recitals were practically vocal pentathlons for their wide range of styles and vocal demands, and the day she sang Desdemona in Verdi's Otello for a Met matinee and Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte that evening is still a legend). Her European engagements included appearances at Edinburgh (1947), Vienna (1953), and Glyndebourne. In 1953 she was the first American to appear at the Bayreuth Festival after the Second World War.

In addition to opera and recitals, Eleanor Steber was a frequent guest on The Voice of Firestone's television broadcasts. However, her career outlasted her voice, and most of her later appearances and recordings were gravely technically flawed.

Eleanor Steber's relationship with the Met was not an easy one, for many reasons on both sides. In 1961, when Bing offered her a contract that only provided “covering” roles, she declined. After several years of absence from the Metropolitan Opera, she took part in the final gala performance of the old opera building in April 1966.

Eleanor Steber was not very happy in private life either, two marriages had fallen apart and she got into problems with alcohol and asthma. After partial retirement in 1962, she turned her attention more and more towards recitals and concerts. She made some appearances on Broadway, mostly in supporting parts, and also gave one of the notorious bathhouse concerts in New York in 1973. She and her husband opened and managed a record label, ST/AND (combining their names), but when they attempted to expand, it was a dismal flop.

Eleanor Steber was head of the voice department at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1963 to 1972. She taught at the Juilliard School in New York, and at the New England Conservatory of Music (both from 1971), also at the American Institute of Music Studies in Graz (1978-1980; 1988). She established the Eleanor Steber Music Foundation in 1875 to assist young professional singers. With R. Beatie, she published study ‘Mozart Operatic Arias’ (New York, 1988). Her autobiography, written in collaboration with M. Sloat was published posthumously (New Jersey 1992).

Thomas Stonewall Jackson Confederate general, Clarksburg, 1824-1863

Next to Robert E. Lee himself, Thomas J. Jackson is the most revered of all Confederate commanders. A graduate of West Point (1846), he had served in the artillery in the Mexican War, earning two brevets, before resigning to accept a professorship at the Virginia Military Institute. Thought strange by the cadets, he earned "Tom Fool Jackson" and "Old Blue Light" as nicknames.
        Upon the outbreak of the Civil War he was commissioned a colonel in the Virginia forces and dispatched to Harpers Ferry where he was active in organizing the raw recruits until relieved by Joe Johnston. His later assignments included: commanding lst Brigade, Army of the Shenandoah (May - July 20, 1861); brigadier general, CSA June 17, 1861); commanding 1st Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac July 20 - October 1861); major general, CSA (October 7, 1861); commanding Valley District, Department of Northern Virginia (November 4, 1861 - June 26, 1862); commanding 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia June 26, 1862-May 2, 1863); and lieutenant general, CSA (October 10, 1862).
        Leaving Harpers Ferry, his brigade moved with Johnston to join Beauregard at Manassas. In the fight at 1st Bull Run they were so distinguished that both the brigade and its commander were dubbed "Stonewall" by General Barnard Bee. (However, Bee may have been complaining that Jackson was not coming to his support). The 1st Brigade was the only Confederate brigade to have its nickname become its official designation. That fall Jackson was given command of the Valley with a promotion to major general.
        That winter he launched a dismal campaign into the western part of the state that resulted in a long feud with General William Loring and caused Jackson to submit his resignation, which he was talked out of. In March he launched an attack on what he thought was a Union rear guard at Kernstown. Faulty intelligence from his cavalry chief, Turner Ashby, led to a defeat. A religious man, Jackson always regretted having fought on a Sunday. But the defeat had the desired result, halting reinforcements being sent to McClellan's army from the Valley. In May Jackson defeated Fremont's advance at McDowell and later that month launched a brilliant campaign that kept several Union commanders in the area off balance. He won victories at Front Royal, 1st Winchester, Cross Keys, and Port Republic. He then joined Lee in the defense of Richmond but displayed a lack of vigor during the Seven Days.
        Detached from Lee, he swung off to the north to face John Pope's army and after a slipshod battle at Cedar Mountain, slipped behind Pope and captured his Manassas junction supply base. He then hid along an incomplete branch railroad and awaited Lee and Longstreet. Attacked before they arrived, he held on until Longstreet could launch a devastating attack which brought a second Bull Run victory.
        In the invasion of Maryland, Jackson was detached to capture Harpers Ferry and was afterwards distinguished at Antietam with Lee. He was promoted after this and given command of the now-official 2nd Corps. It had been known as a wing or command before this. He was disappointed with the victory at Fredericksburg because it could not be followed up. In his greatest day he led his corps around the Union right flank at Chancellorsville and routed the 11th Corps. Reconnoitering that night, he was returning to his own lines when he was mortally wounded by some of his own men.
        Following the amputation of his arm, he died eight days later on May 10, 1863, from pneumonia. Lee wrote of him with deep feeling: " He has lost his left arm; but I have lost my right arm." A superb commander, he had several faults. Personnel problems haunted him, as in the feuds with Loring and with Garnett after Kernstown. His choices for promotion were often not first rate. He did not give his subordinates enough latitude, which denied them the training for higher positions under Lee's loose command style. This was especially devastating in the case of his immediate successor, Richard Ewell. Although he was sometimes balky when in a subordinate position, Jackson was supreme on his own hook. Stonewall Jackson is buried in Lexington, Virginia.

Lewis L. Strauss naval officer and scientist, Charleston, 1896-1974

Admiral Lewis Lichtenstein Strauss (1896-1974)

Lewis Lichtenstein Strauss (b. January 31, 1896, Charleston, West Virginia – d. January 21, 1974, Culpeper, Virginia) was a wealthy businessman who later became a U.S. administrator. He was the chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission between 1953 and 1958. He was Acting Secretary of Commerce between 1958 and 1959; then-President Eisenhower nominated him for the permanent position, but his nomination was narrowly rejected (by a 49-46 vote).

Strauss is perhaps most remembered as the driving force in the McCarthy-era hearings in which J. Robert Oppenheimer's security clearance was revoked. Strauss' failure to be confirmed as Secretary of Commerce was largely due to his role in the Oppenheimer matter.

Cyrus Vance government official, Clarksburg, 1917-2002

Cyrus Roberts Vance (Clarksburg, West Virginia, March 27, 1917 – January 12, 2002) was the United States Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1980. He approached foreign policy with an emphasis on negotiation over conflict and a special interest in arms reduction. In April of 1980, Vance resigned in protest of Operation Eagle Claw, the secret mission to rescue American hostages in Iran.

Vance was the nephew (and adoptive son) of 1924 Democratic Presidential Candidate and noted lawyer John W. Davis.

Military and legal career

Vance graduated from Kent School in 1935 and received a bachelor's degree in 1939 from Yale University, where he was a member of the secret society, Scroll and Key. After graduating from Yale Law School in 1942, Vance served in the Navy as a gunnery officer on the destroyer USS Hale until 1946 and then joined the prestigious law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City before entering the government.

Political career

Vance was the Secretary of the Army in the Kennedy administration. He worked on sending United States Army units into Northern Mississippi in 1962 to protect James Meredith and put down the resistance to the court ordered integration of the University of Mississippi. As Deputy Secretary of Defense under President Lyndon Johnson, he at first supported the Vietnam War but changed his views by the late 1960s, advising the president to pull out of South Vietnam. In 1968 he served as a delegate to peace talks in Paris. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969.

As Secretary of State in the Carter administration, Vance pushed for negotiations and economic ties with the Soviet Union and clashed frequently with the more hawkish National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. Vance tried to advance arms limitations by working on the SALT II agreement with Russia, which he saw as the central diplomatic issue of the time. He was heavily instrumental in Carter's decision to return the Canal Zone to Panama and in the Camp David Accords agreement between Israel and Egypt.

After the Accords, Vance's influence in the administration began to wane as Brzezinski's rose. His role in talks with People's Republic of China was marginalized and his advice for a response to the Shah of Iran's collapsing regime was ignored. Shortly thereafter, when fifty-three American hostages were held in Iran, he worked actively in negotiations but to no avail. Finally, when Carter ordered a secret military rescue, Vance resigned in opposition. The rescue attempt failed.

Later life and death

Vance returned to his law practice at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in 1980, but was repeatedly called back to public service throughout the 1980s and 1990s, participating in diplomatic missions to Bosnia, Croatia, and South Africa.

In 1993, he was awarded the prestigious United States Military Academy's Sylvanus Thayer Award.

He died aged 84 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease and was interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Vance also was a member of the Trilateral Commission.

Cyrus Vance was Secretary of State under U.S. president Jimmy Carter, holding the office from 1977 until he resigned in 1980. Vance resigned his post because he disagreed with a military plan to rescue U.S. citizens being held hostage in Tehran, Iran (the plan was carried out and failed). A lawyer, Vance had also been a long-time official in the Department of Defense, a veteran of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations (1960-68). After leaving Carter's cabinet, Vance returned to his law practice, but in the early 1990s he again participated in diplomatic missions in Croatia and Bosnia. Before his death he suffered from Alzheimer's Disease.

Steve Yeager baseball player, Huntington

Stephen Wayne Yeager (born November 24, 1948 in Huntington, West Virginia) is an American baseball player; catcher. Yeager spent 14 of 15 seasons of his Major League Baseball career, from 1972 through 1985, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His last year, in 1986, was with the Seattle Mariners.

Minor League Career

Yeager, who was Jewish, was drafted by Los Angeles on 6 June 1967, in the 4th round of the 1967 amateur draft.

After one game with Ogden, Utah (in the Rookie League-Pioneer Division), Yeager was sent to Dubuque (Iowa - Single-A league-Midwest Division), for 14 games.

The following season, 1968, he played 59 games in Daytona Beach (Florida - Single-A Florida Southern League).

In 1969 he played 22 games in Bakersfield (California - Single-A - California League), and 1 game in Albuquerque (New Mexico - Double-A - Texas League).

He spent the next two seasons in Albuquerque. 1970 & 1971 in "AA" - Texas League, for 162 games, were he batted .276, with 77 RBIs in 490 at bats. For 1971 he was named to the All Star team as a member of the Texas League, or Dixie Association - Western Division, catching for the Albuquerque Dukes (67-75), along with teammates Lee Lacy (2B) and Paul Johnston (OF).

The following season, 1972, he played 82 games in Albuquerque (Triple-AAA - Pacific Coast League), with 45 RBIs in 257 at bats, while hitting .280.

Major League Career

In the beginning of August, 1972, he would get "the call" to the majors, and make his major league debut on the 2nd. In that first-third of a season he would make 106 plate appearances in 35 games, batt .274, and drive in 15 runs on 29 hits, while scoring 18 total runs. He contributed to four World Series appearances with the Dodgers, in 1974, 1977, 1978 and 1981. In the latter, Yeager shared the World Series Most Valuable Player award with Dodger teammates Pedro Guerrero and Ron Cey.

Lou Brock called Yeager "the best-throwing catcher in the game." Steve's specialty was defense and his command of the game on the field. He was very good at controlling the game defensively, especially with young pitchers. His batting, however, was not spectacular; in his best year, 1974, he batted .266 in fewer than 100 games. Yeager is famous for having invented the catcher's throat protector flap, which he began wearing after a life-threatening incident in which a shattered bat pierced his neck and he needed added protection.

In 1999, Yeager was the hitting coach for the Dodgers’ Single-A San Bernardino club, which won the California League championship. Steve is currently coaching for the Dodgers at Double-A Jacksonville. In 2006, Steve was named the hitting instructor/coach for the Dodgers AAA farm club, Las Vegas 51's. Currently, he serves as the hitting coach for the Inland Empire 66ers.

Outside baseball

Yeager is the nephew of pilot Chuck Yeager. When Steve got married, then Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley was best man at his wedding. Yeager was infamous for having posed nude for Playgirl magazine in their October 1982 issue.

The Yeager family once appeared as contestants on the television game show Family Feud.

Yeager served as technical advisor and also had a small role, as a pitcher/coach named "Duke", in three movies: Major League, Major League II and Major League: Back to the Minors.

Hawkshaw Hawkins. country musician and singer, Huntington

b. Harold Franklin Hawkins, 22 December 1921, Huntingdon, West Virginia, USA, d. 5 March 1963, Camden, Tennessee, USA. Hawkins started on guitar but became proficient on many instruments. Success in a talent contest in 1937 led to paid work on radio stations in Huntingdon and Charleston. In 1942, he performed on radio in Manila when stationed in the Phillippines. After his discharge, he signed with King Records and did well with "Sunny Side Of The Mountain", which became his signature tune. He was a regular member of the WWVA's Wheeling Jamboree from 1946-54, which he left to join the Grand Ole Opry. In 1948 he became one of the first country artists to appear on network television. He had US country hits with "Pan American", "I Love You A Thousand Ways", "I'm Just Waiting For You" and "Slow Poke".
The tall, handsome country singer married fellow artist Jean Shepard, and they lived on a farm near Nashville where Hawkins bred horses. Their first son, Don Robin, was named after their friends Don Gibson and Marty Robbins. In 1963 Hawkins released his best-known recording, Justin Tubb's song "Lonesome 7-7203". The song entered the US country charts three days before Hawkins died on 5 March 1963 in the plane crash that also claimed Patsy Cline and Cowboy Copas. "Lonesome 7-7203" was his only number 1 record in the US country charts. Shepard was pregnant at the time and their son was named Harold Franklin Hawkins II in his memory.

Charlie McCoy, country musician and singer, Oak Hill

b. Charles Ray McCoy, 28 March 1941, Oak Hill, West Virginia, USA. When McCoy was eight years old, he ordered a harmonica for 50 cents and a box-top, but he was more interested in the guitar. He played in rock 'n' roll bands in Miami, where Mel Tillis heard him and suggested that he visit Nashville to work as a singer. Although his singing career did not take off, he played drums for US hitmakers Johnny Ferguson and Stonewall Jackson. In 1961, McCoy recorded as a singer for US Cadence Records and entered the charts with "Cherry Berry Wine". He then formed a rock 'n' roll band, Charlie McCoy And The Escorts, which played in Nashville clubs for several years. During this period, McCoy played harmonica on Ann-Margret's "I Just Don't Understand" and Roy Orbison's "Candy Man", and the success of the two records led to further offers of session work. McCoy became the top harmonica player in Nashville, playing up to 400 sessions a year, and was a regular on Elvis Presley recordings. He worked with Bob Dylan at the infamous Blonde On Blonde sessions, playing harmonica on "Obviously Five Believers", trumpet on "Rainy Day Women Nos 12 & 35', and bass on several other tracks. The success of Dylan and other rock musicians in Nashville prompted McCoy and other sessionmen to form the critically acclaimed Area Code 615. McCoy later joined Area Code 615"s successor Barefoot Jerry and was featured on the band's 1974 US country hit, "Boogie Woogie".

McCoy revived his recording career in the late 60s and had a US chart hit in 1972 with a revival of "Today I Started Loving You Again", but, considering his love of blues harmonica player Little Walter, his records are comparatively unadventurous and middle-of-the-road. Nevertheless, he has often reached the US country charts with instrumental interpretations of overworn country songs, and has won a Grammy Award and several country music accolades. After his contract with Monument Records ended in 1982, McCoy recorded freely for a number of different labels, releasing a number of European only albums. He later limited his session appearances, largely because of his work as musical director of the television series Hee-Haw, an association that lasted 19 years. However, he did appear with other Nashville session men on US indie band Ween's oddball 1996 recording, 12 Golden Country Greats. Two years later he was elected to the German-American Country Music Federation Hall Of Fame.

Jon A. McBride (Captain, USN, Ret.) NASA former Astronaut, Charleston

PERSONAL DATA: Born August 14, 1943, in Charleston, West Virginia, but considers Beckley, West Virginia, to be his hometown. Four children (one deceased). Married to the former Sharon Lynne White of Nacogdoches, Texas. Recreational interests include flying, basketball, golf, softball, racquetball, gourmet cooking, numismatics, gardening, carpentry.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Woodrow High School, Beckley, West Virginia in 1960; attended West Virginia University 1960-1964; received a bachelor of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1971. Graduate work in Human Resource Management at Pepperdine University.

ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the Association of Naval Aviation; Veterans of Foreign Wars; the American Legion; and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Life member of Phi Delta Theta; the National Honor Society; the Golden Key National Honor Society. Member of the West Virginia University Engineering Visiting Committee (Chairman 1990-92) and member of the University System of West Virginia Board of Trustees (1992-1995); Co-Chairman (with wife), American Cancer Society fund-raising (State of West Virginia) 1990; Executive Committee, Boy Scouts of America; Spokesperson for March of Dimes; American Red Cross Disaster Relief; and Shawnee Hills Mental Health Group. Member of the Executive Committee, Association of Space Explorers (Co-President 1995-1996). President, Association of Space Explorers (USA) (1997-1998).

SPECIAL HONORS: Awarded the Legion of Merit (LOM); the Defense Superior Service Medal (DSSM); 3 Air Medals; the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V; a Navy Unit Commendation; the National Defense Medal; the Vietnamese Service Medal; and the NASA Space Flight Medal. Recipient of West Virginia Secretary of State's "State Medallion" and appointed "West Virginia Ambassador of Good Will Among All Men" (1980). Received Honorary Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from Salem College (1984); Honorary Doctorate of Science from West Virginia University (1985); Honorary Doctorate of Science from University of Charleston (1987); Honorary Doctorate of Science from West Virginia Institute of Technology (1987); West Virginia Society's "Son-of-the-Year" (1988), City of Beckley; West Virginia "Hall of Fame"; Distinguished Alumni; West Virginia University (1988); West Virginia's "Honorary Italian-American" (1988); Kanawha County West Virginia's "Famous Person Award" (1988); West Virginia Broadcasters' "Man-of-the-Year" (1989); City of Hope's "Spirit of Life Award Winner" (1991); DAR "Medal of Honor" (1993).

EXPERIENCE: McBride's naval service began in 1965 with flight training at Pensacola, Florida. After winning his wings as a naval aviator, he was assigned to Fighter Squadron 101 based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, for training in the F-4 "Phantom II" aircraft. He was subsequently assigned to Fighter Squadron 41 where he served 3 years as a fighter pilot and division officer. He has also served tours with Fighter Squadrons 11 and 103. While deployed to Southeast Asia, McBride flew 64 combat missions.

He attended the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base prior to reporting to Air Test and Development Squadron Four at Point Mugu, California, where he served as maintenance officer and Sidewinder project officer. He has flown over 40 different types of military and civilian aircraft and piloted the Navy "Spirit of '76" bicentennial-painted F-4J "Phantom in various air shows during 1976, 1977, and 1978. He holds current FAA ratings which include commercial pilot (multi-engine), instrument, and glider; and he previously served as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI).

He has logged more than 8,800 hours flying time--including 4,700 hours in jet aircraft. 1979.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in January 1978, McBride became an astronaut in August 1979. His NASA assignments have included lead chase pilot for the maiden voyage of Columbia; software verification in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL); capsule communicator (CAPCOM) for STS-5, STS-6, and STS-7; Flight Data File (FDF) Manager, and orbital rendezvous procedures development.

McBride was pilot of STS 41-G, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on October 5, 1984, aboard the Orbiter Challenger. This was the first crew of seven. During their eight day mission, crew members deployed the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite, conducted scientific observations of the earth with the OSTA-3 pallet and Large Format Camera, and demonstrated potential satellite refueling with an EVA and associated hydrazine transfer. Mission duration was 197 hours and concluded with a landing at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on October 13, 1984.

McBride was scheduled to fly next in March 1986, as the commander of STS 61-E crew. This flight was one of several deferred by NASA in the wake of the Challenger accident in January 1986.

On July 30, 1987, McBride was assigned to NASA Headquarters to serve as Assistant Administrator for Congressional Relations, with responsibility for NASA's relationship with Congress, and for providing coordination and direction to all Headquarters and Field Center communications with Congressional support organizations. He held this post from September 1987 through March 1989. In 1988 McBride was named to command the crew of the STS-35 (ASTRO-1) mission, scheduled for launch in March 1990.

In May 1989, Captain McBride retired from NASA and the Navy, in order to pursue a business career. He is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of the Flying Eagle Corporation in Lewisburg, West Virginia; and President of the Constructors’ Labor Council of West Virginia (heavy/highway construction contractors).

David Selby, Actor, Morgantown

(born February 5, 1941 in Morgantown, West Virginia) is an American character actor, best known for playing Quentin Collins from 1968-1971 on the ABC-TV cult serial Dark Shadows, and as Jane Wyman's evil and compassionate TV son, Richard Channing, on the long-running, primetime CBS soap opera Falcon Crest (from 1982 to 1990).


The son of Clyde Ira Selby and Sarah E. McIntyre Selby, he attended West Virginia University in his hometown, earning Bachelor of Science and Master's degrees in theater, followed by a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. He would eventually bring his Dark Shadows character to film with the second Dark Shadows movie, Night of Dark Shadows, released in 1971 after the TV series' cancellation. A year before joining Falcon Crest in 1982, he played the villainous Michael Tyronne on the final season of the NBC primetime serial Flamingo Road. Selby's movie credits include co-starring roles with Barbra Streisand in Up the Sandbox (1972) and with Ron Leibman in The Super Cops (1974),White Squall, D3: The Mighty Ducks, Raise the Titanic, and Surviving Christmas (2004). He has recently reprised the role of Quentin Collins for a new series of Dark Shadows audio dramas from Big Finish Productions.

His writing includes the plays Lincoln and James and Final Assault as well as the poetry collections My Mother's Autumn and Happenstance.


West Virginia University in 1998 awarded Selby its the first Life Achievement Award from the College of Creative Arts, and an honorary doctorate in 2004.

Jerry West, Pro Basketball Player and Manager, Chelyan

Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia) has had one of the most successful careers ever in professional basketball, first as a player, then as a coach, and finally as an executive. He was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980, and his dribbling silhouette has long been used in the National Basketball Association's official logo.

Like most NBA players, West was a standout in high school and at college, attending West Virginia University and leading it to the 1959 NCAA championship game (of which he was named Most Valuable Player) before embarking on a 14-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He also played for, and co-captained with Oscar Robertson, the 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team in Rome.

His nicknames included "Mr. Clutch," for his skill and ability to make a shot in a clutch situation, and "Zeke from Cabin Creek," given to him by teammate Elgin Baylor, and one West was not particularly fond of. The latter name is somewhat of a misnomer, but not completely; Cabin Creek is the name of both a stream and a community near West's hometown of Chelyan. The community of Cabin Creek is on the opposite side of the stream from Chelyan as it enters the Kanawha River.

For a period of time in certain parts of West Virginia, West's home state, pee-wee basketball was known as Jerry West basketball. It was used in the same context that youth baseball leagues use with Babe Ruth baseball, or youth football leagues use Pop Warner football.

In the summer of 2000, the city of Morgantown, West Virginia, and West Virginia Governor Cecil Underwood, dedicated the road outside of the West Virginia University Basketball Coliseum, "Jerry West Boulevard." The same road is shared on the south end of Morgantown with Don Knotts Boulevard, in honor of another WVU alumnus.

On November 26, 2005, his number 44 became the first basketball number to be retired by West Virginia University.

On February 17, 2007, a bronze statue of him was honored outside of the WVU Coliseum.

Early life and sports

Jerry West attended East Bank, West Virginia, High School from 1952-1956. He was named an All-State from 1953-56, and an All-American in 1956, when he was also named West Virginia Player of the Year after becoming the state's first high-school player to score more than 900 points in a season (32.2 ppg, 1956). He also led East Bank to a state championship that same year. Due to West's tremendous play in the state championship, the school of East Bank changes its name every year on that same day to West Bank.

He played for the West Virginia University Mountaineers, in Morgantown, West Virginia, from 1956-1960. Among his college highlights, he was named to the All-Southern Conference (1958-60), All-American Second Team (1958), and The Sporting News All-America First Team (1959-60). In his WVU career, he averaged 24.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game.

In addition to the Olympic Games, he was a member of the U.S. Pan American Games gold medal-winning team (1959).

NBA career

Drafted in the NBA, West spent his entire professional career (1960-74) with the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. Although he was teamed with Hall-of-Fame scorer Elgin Baylor for most of his career, West still averaged more than 30 points per game in four different seasons and led the league in scoring during the 1969-70 season. An excellent playmaker, West also led the league in assists per game during the 1971-72 season. Although steals weren't recorded by the NBA until West's final season, at age 35 West became the first player in the league to ever record 10 steals in a single game — still the Lakers franchise record.

Heralded as one of the most legendary clutch shooters in the NBA's history, West averaged 29.1 points per game in 153 playoff games, including 40.6 in 11 playoff games in 1965, and sank one of the most famous shots in NBA history: a 60-footer with no time remaining to send a 1970 championship game against the New York Knicks into overtime, a game the Lakers ultimately lost.

West played in nine NBA Finals, but finished his career with only one championship, won in the 1971-72 season, the year the Lakers established a modern North American professional sports record of 33 straight wins. He retired two years later, after leading the Lakers to yet another Pacific Division title in the 1973-74 season — this, in spite of the loss of legendary center Wilt Chamberlain to retirement. As a testimony to West's on-court leadership and presence, the Lakers fell to the Pacific Division cellar the year after he retired, posting a 30-52 record. West later became a coach who carried the Lakers into the playoffs in his three seasons 1976-1979, after which he was hired as an executive for the club in various positions.

When he retired, West had scored 25,192 points, averaged 27.0 points per game, and made 7,160 free throws and 6,238 assists. During his career, West was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team four times (the NBA All-Defensive Team did not exist until West's ninth season), to the All-NBA First Team 10 times, and played in the All-Star Game 13 times. West was named the All-Star Game MVP in 1972. West is still the only player ever to be named NBA Finals MVP when on a losing team. He accomplished this in the 1969 NBA Finals against Boston, the first year the award was given. In 1980 he was named to the NBA's 35th Anniversary All-Time Team and in 1996 was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.


In 1982, Jerry West was named general manager of the Lakers, and through shrewd trades and draft picks, maintained the Lakers' status in the NBA elite for the rest of the decade. These teams were built around the core of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy, and would go on to win four more championships in 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988, becoming the first team to win back-to-back championships since the great Boston Celtics dynasty did so in 1968 and 1969.

Following a slump in the early 1990s, West received the NBA Executive of the Year Award in 1995 after his Lakers reached the playoffs with a team built around Nick Van Exel, Eddie Jones, Cedric Ceballos, and Vlade Divac. West is credited for bringing Kobe Bryant onto the team, trading Divac to the Charlotte Hornets for Bryant's draft rights, and signing free agent Shaquille O'Neal to the team, which would later go on to win three consecutive NBA titles.

In 2002 he was hired as president of basketball operations by the Memphis Grizzlies. Although it was the worst team in the NBA at that time, West quietly rebuilt the squad. In 2004, the Grizzlies won 50 games for the first time in their history, and West was named NBA Executive of the Year for the second time.

He currently lives in Memphis with his wife. His son, Jonnie, is a freshman on the West Virginia University basketball team.

West recently put his Memphis home up for sale for just under $4 million. Rumor has it that he and his wife are looking for a smaller home.

Curt Warner, Pro Baseball Player, Pineville

(born March 18, 1961 in Pineville, West Virginia) was the Seattle Seahawks first-round draft pick in 1983. A running back out of Penn State University, Warner led the AFC in rushing yards his rookie season, helping his team to the franchise's first Conference Championship game which they lost to the Los Angeles Raiders. The following year Warner suffered a torn ACL in the season opener against Cleveland and was sidelined for the rest of the year. He came back in 1985 and had a number of successful seasons before ending his career with the Los Angeles Rams.

Warner finished his 8 NFL seasons with 6,844 rushing yards, 193 receptions for 1,467 yards, and 63 touchdowns. He made the pro bowl 3 times (1983, 1986, 1987).

Warner was raised in Pineville, West Virginia, a small town of less than 1,000. He helped his high school football team to several state championship games. He was a multisport athlete, perhaps excelling in baseball more than football. He was predicted as an early first-round draft pick out of high school but was convinced by coach Joe Paterno of Penn State University to play college football rather than play professional baseball.

He currently owns a car dealership named Curt Warner Chevrolet in Vancouver, Washington.

Selva Lewis Burdette, Jr., Pro Baseball Player, Nitro. 1926-2006

b. November 22, 1926 d. February 6, 2007) was an American right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Boston and Milwaukee Braves. The team's top righthander during its years in Milwaukee, he was the Most Valuable Player of the 1957 World Series, leading the franchise to its first championship in 43 years, and the only title in Milwaukee history. An outstanding control pitcher, his career average of 1.84 walks per nine innings pitched places him behind only Robin Roberts (1.73), Carl Hubbell (1.82) and Juan Marichal (1.82) among pitchers with at least 3000 innings since 1920.

Born in Nitro, West Virginia, Burdette was signed by the New York Yankees in 1947, and after making two relief appearances for the team in September 1950, he was traded to the Braves in August 1951 for four-time 20-game winner Johnny Sain. Along with left-hander Warren Spahn and hardworking Bob Buhl, he gave the Braves one of the best starting rotations in the majors during the 1950s, winning 15 or more games eight times between 1953 and 1961. When Milwaukee won the 1957 World Series against the Yankees, Burdette became the first pitcher in 37 years to win three complete games in a Series, and the first since Christy Mathewson in 1905 to pitch two shutouts (Games 5 and 7). In the 1958 Series, however, the Yankees defeated Burdette twice in three starts. In addition to winning 20 games in 1958 and 21 in 1959, Burdette won 19 in 1956 and 1960, 18 in 1961, and 17 in 1957. In two All-Star games, he allowed only one run in seven innings pitched, and in 1956 he topped National League pitchers with a 2.70 earned run average. He also led the NL in shutouts twice, and in wins, innings and complete games once each.

Burdette was the winning pitcher on May 26, 1959 when the Pittsburgh Pirates' Harvey Haddix pitched a perfect game against the Braves for 12 innings, only to lose in the 13th. Burdette threw a 1-0 shutout, scattering 12 hits. In the ensuing offseason, he joked, "I'm the greatest pitcher that ever lived. The greatest game that was ever pitched in baseball wasn't good enough to beat me, so I've got to be the greatest!" The next year, facing the minimum 27 batters, Burdette pitched a 1–0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 18, 1960. Tony González, the only opposing batter to reach base after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning, was retired on a double play. Burdette helped himself by scoring the only run of the game. Following up his no-hitter, five days later he pitched his third shutout in a row.

As a hitter, he compiled a .183 batting average with 75 RBI and 12 home runs; his first two home runs came in the same 1957 game, and he later had two more two-homer games.

In 1963 Burdette was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals (1963-64), and was later sent to the Chicago Cubs (1964-65) and Phillies (1965). Signing with the California Angels, he pitched exclusively in relief for the team in 1966-67 before retiring. In an 18-year career, Burdette posted a 203-144 record with 1074 strikeouts and a 3.66 ERA in 3067.1 innings, compiling 158 complete games and 33 shutouts. His totals of wins, games and innings with the Braves ranked behind only Spahn and Kid Nichols in franchise history.

Burdette also cut a record in the 1950s entitled "Three Strikes and Then You're Out".

Burdette died of lung cancer at age 80 at his home in Winter Garden, Florida.

Rod Thorn, NBA Basketball Player, Coach, President and General Manager. Princeton

Rodney King "Rod" Thorn (born May 23, 1941 in Princeton, West Virginia) is the president and general manager of the NBA's New Jersey Nets. A highly-regarded high school athlete in both basketball and baseball, Thorn attended West Virginia University, where he was an All-American guard in basketball, as well as playing three seasons on the WVU baseball team. In the 1963 NBA Draft, Thorn was the second player selected overall, drafted by the Baltimore Bullets. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team, but was traded by the Bullets following his first season. After brief stints with Detroit and St. Louis, he concluded his career as a player with the Seattle SuperSonics (1967-71).

After retiring, he stayed with the SuperSonics as assistant coach and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in political science. In 1973, former teammate Kevin Loughery hired Thorn as assistant coach of the New Jersey Nets. The Nets won the 1973-74 ABA championship, led by Julius Erving. Thorn then became head coach of the Spirits of St. Louis (another ABA team) in 1975, but returned to the Nets coaching staff after the NBA-ABA merger in 1976, when the Spirits team was one of two surviving ABA teams to be discontinued. In 1978, Thorn became the general manager of the Chicago Bulls and was instrumental in the team's selection of Michael Jordan in the 1984 draft. He served briefly as interim head coach of the Bulls in 1981-82. From 1986 to 2000 he was the NBA's Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.

Thorn rejoined the Nets organization on June 2, 2000, and he was named the NBA Executive of the Year in 2002 after the Nets advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.

Rod Hundley, NBA Basketball Player and Broadcaster, Charleston

Rodney Clark Hundley (born October 26, 1934 in Charleston, West Virginia) is a former professional basketball player and television broadcaster. Hundley's life has revolved around the game of basketball. His love and talent for the game led him to achieve honors in high school and most notably during his college years. At West Virginia University Hundley played to packed crowds at the Old Field House. His dribbling antics and daredevil maneuvers on the floor led to his popular nickname - Hot Rod Hundley. He has most recently been known as the sports announcer for the

A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Hundley’s talent for the game was evident during his youth. In high school, he averaged 30 points per game, breaking the state’s four-year scoring record in just three years. He was named a high school All-American and was offered scholarships to many of the nation’s major universities.

College and pro basketball career

Hundley played for WVU from 1954 to 1957. The Mountaineers made their first NCAA appearance and three total appearances between 1955 and 1957. During his junior year, Hundley averaged 26.6 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. He scored more than 40 points per game six times, which led to the Mountaineers scoring over 100 points in nine games. The Mountaineers were ranked No. 20 in the nation in 1955 and No. 4 in 1956. Hundley holds a varsity school record with 54 points in a single game against Furman and holds a freshmen team record of 62 points against Ohio University.

Hundley was the fourth player in NCAA history to score more than 2,000 points during his career. He averaged 24.5 points per game for three seasons and finished his collegiate career with 2,180 points. He was a two-time, first team All-American and currently holds eight school records. In 1957, the Cincinnati Royals made Hundley the first pick of the NBA Draft and immediately traded his rights to the Minneapolis Lakers. Hundley played for the Lakers in Minneapolis and Los Angeles from 1957 until 1963, averaging 8.4 points per game and recording over 1,400 assists. He also played in two All Star games.

Broadcasting career

Prior to becoming the voice of the Jazz in 1974, Hundley worked four seasons for the Phoenix Suns. He was an announcer for five years for CBS where he called four All-Star Games and worked two All-Star Games on ABC Radio.

Hundley had been the only voice for the Jazz until the 2005-2006 season, when Craig Bolerjack took over television duties. Hot Rod continues to provide the radio voice for the Jazz.

In 2000, Hundley graduated from WVU with a bachelor’s degree in arts and sciences, 43 years after leaving his alma mater to play in the NBA. In 1982, he received the NCAA Silver Anniversary All-America Team for distinguished service for his life’s accomplishments, and in 1992, he was inducted into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame. He received the NBA’s Distinguished Broadcaster award in 1994. In 2003, Hundley received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame - the only former professional player to achieve such an honor. In June 2004, he was voted into the Utah Broadcast Hall of Fame. He is the author of 'Hot Rod Hundley: The Man With A Lot to Smile About' and 'You Gotta Love It Baby'.


During the off-season, Hundley conducts basketball clinics around the country and works with charities in the Salt Lake City area. Previously, he hosted the Hot Rod Hundley Celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit the Salt Lake Shriner’s Hospital.

Hundley, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, has three daughters: Kimberly, Jacquie and Jennifer.

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Sam Huff, Pro Football Player, Farmington

Robert Lee Huff (born October 4, 1934, Farmington, West Virginia) is a former American football linebacker who played for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins after earning All-America honors at West Virginia University. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

Long considered one of the most physical defensive players in the annals of NFL history, Huff ended his professional career with 30 interceptions, hauling in at least one interception during each season he played.

One of six children, Huff was born in a West Virginia mining camp called Edna Gap and watched his family struggle through the depths of the Depression. Motivated by these hurdles, Huff took up football at Farmington High School and earned a scholarship to West Virginia University.

Huff majored in physical education in college, expecting to use his degree in a teaching capacity. However, his skills on the football field helped lead the Mountaineers to a 31-7 record during his collegiate career. On an individual level, Huff garnered not only a berth on the 1955 All-America squad, but a third round draft selection by the New York Giants as well.

When Giants head coach Jim Lee Howell couldn't decide where to play him, Sam almost left the team before he was stopped by assistant coach Vince Lombardi. When middle linebacker Ray Beck was injured in the season's third game, Huff stepped in and excelled, a factor that led to Beck's retirement soon afterwards. Huff's work on defense played a major role in helping the Giants win their first NFL Championship since 1938.

After being dethroned by the Cleveland Browns the following year, the Giants would return to the Championship Game in five of the next six seasons, but came up on the short end of the stick on each occasion.

Those disappointments failed to limit Huff's image in the national spotlight. Playing in the media capital of the world, Huff would be featured on the November 30, 1959 edition of Time Magazine, and was also the subject of an October 31, 1960 CBS special, "The Violent World of Sam Huff." At one point, Huff was making more for his off-the-field duties than on the gridiron. (New York-based comedian Alan King talked about the CBS program in one of his books, in mock wonderment about how the sound in his set was good enough to hear bones crunching).

Huff earned a host of honors during his time with the Giants, including being named Top NFL Linebacker in 1959, four consecutive Pro Bowl selections (1958-1961), and winning a spot on the All-NFL team three times. During his 13-year career, Huff's most memorable on-field duels came against a pair of running backs, Cleveland's Jim Brown, and Green Bay's Jim Taylor

Allie Sherman, who had taken over as Giants head coach for Howell in 1961, traded Huff to the Washington Redskins on April 10, 1964 as part of a five-player deal, one of a series of moves that sent the once-proud Giants into a tailspin. In 1964, Huff went to his fifth, and final, Pro Bowl.

When Huff arrived, the Redskin defense had given up the most points in the NFL in 1963, and had been a perennial also-ran in that category since 1958. After his first season, the Redskins improved to seventh, but after four seasons with the team, he retired from football, primarily due to differences with Washington head coach Otto Graham. When Vince Lombardi returned to coach football in 1969, Huff returned to the Redskins as a player-coach for two seasons.

Upon his final retirement as a player, Huff entered the broadcast booth, spending one season as part of the Giants radio team. He then went on to the Redskins, having spent the last three decades working in the same capacity.

In 1999, he was ranked number 76 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

On November 24, 2005, Huff's uniform number 75 was retired by West Virginia University.

Booker Taliaferro Washington, Educator, Lost Creek

(April 5, 1856, – November 14, 1915) was an American educator, author and leader of the African American community.

Washington was born into slavery to a white father and a black slave mother on a rural farm in southwestern Virginia. After the slaves were freed there in 1865, he worked in West Virginia in a variety of menial labor jobs for several years before making his way to Hampton Roads seeking an education. He worked his way through the school which is now Hampton University and attended college at Wayland Seminary. After returning to Hampton as a teacher, upon recommendation of Hampton's president, Sam Armstrong, he was named in 1881 as the first leader of the new normal school which became Tuskegee University in Alabama.

Washington was the most dominant figure in the African American community in the United States from 1890 to 1915, especially after he achieved prominence for his Atlanta Address of 1895. To many politicians and the public in general, he was seen as a popular spokesperson for African American citizens. Representing the last generation of black leaders born into slavery, he was credible when speaking publicly and seeking educational improvements for those freedmen who had remained in the New South in an uneasy modus vivendi with the white southerners. Throughout the final 20 years of his life, he maintained this standing through a nationwide network of core supporters in many communities, including educators, ministers, and businessmen, especially those who were black and/or liberal-thinking on social and educational issues. He gained access to top national leaders in politics, philanthropy and education, and was awarded honorary degrees including a doctorate. Critics called his network of supporters the "Tuskegee Machine."

Late in his career, Dr. Washington was criticized by the leaders of the NAACP, which was formed in 1909, especially W.E.B. DuBois, who demanded a harder line on civil rights protests. After being labeled "The Great Accommodator" by DuBois, Dr. Washington replied that confrontation would lead to disaster for the outnumbered blacks, and that cooperation with supportive whites was the only way to overcome pervasive racism in the long run. However, while he did some aggressive civil rights work secretively, such as funding court cases,. in general, he seemed to truly believe in skillful accommodation to many of the social realities of the age of segregation. While apparently resolved to many undesirable social conditions in the short term, he also clearly had his eyes on a better future for blacks. Through his own personal experience, he knew that good educations were a major and powerful tool for individuals to collectively accomplish that.

Washington's philosophy and tireless work on education issues helped him enlist both the moral and substantial financial support of many philanthropists. He became friends with such self-made men from modest beginnings as Standard Oil magnate Henry Huttleston Rogers and Sears, Roebuck and Company Chairman Julius Rosenwald. These individuals and many other wealthy men and women funded his causes, such as supporting the institutions of higher education at Hampton and Tuskegee. Each school was originally founded to produce teachers. However, many had often gone back to their local communities to find precious few schools and educational resources to work with in the largely impoverished South. To address those needs, through provision of millions of dollars and innovative matching funds programs, Dr. Washington and his philanthropic network stimulated local community contributions to build small community schools. Together, these efforts eventually established and operated over 5,000 schools and supporting resources for the betterment of blacks throughout the South in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The local schools were a source of much community pride and were of priceless value to African-American families during those troubled times in public education. This work was a major part of his legacy and was continued (and expanded through the Rosenwald Fund and others) for many years after Washington's death in 1915.

In addition to his substantial contributions in the field of education, Dr. Washington did much to improve the overall friendship and working relationship between the races in the United States. His autobiography, Up From Slavery, first published in 1901, is still widely read today.

Brad Paisley, Country Music Performer, Glen Dale

 (born October 28, 1972) is an American country music singer, virtuoso guitarist, and songwriter from Glen Dale, West Virginia.


Brad Paisley has stated that his love of country music stems from his maternal grandfather, who gave Paisley his first guitar at age 8 and taught him how to play. At age 12, Paisley wrote his first song, and by 13 he was the opening act for country singers such as Ricky Skaggs and George Jones.

Paisley graduated from John Marshall High School in Glendale, WV, and was rewarded a full-paid ASCAP scholarship to Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee (from 1993 to 1995). While in college, he met Frank Rogers, a fellow student who went on to serve as his producer. Paisley also met Kelley Lovelace, who became his songwriting partner.

After graduating from Belmont, Paisley signed a songwriting contract with EMI Music Publishing and he wrote David Kersh's top 5 hit, "Another You", as well as cuts by Tracy Byrd and David Ball. His debut as a singer was with the label Arista Nashville, with the song, "Who Needs Pictures" (released February 22, 1999). In May of that same year, he made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Seven months later he had his first #1 hit with, "He Didn't Have To Be", which detailed the story of Lovelace and Lovelace's stepson.

In 2000, Paisley was exposed to his first national non-country music oriented audience when producer, Todd Baker, tapped him to appear on the TLC special, "Route 66: Main Street America". This show featured Brad and band doing rare live and acoustic versions of Route 66 (song). The international and home video versions of this program end with a full, un-cut acoustic rendition of the piece, which was performed live on Rainbow Bridge in Riverton, KS.

Later in 2000 Paisley won the Country Music Association's (CMA) Horizon Award and the Academy of Country Music's best new male vocalist trophy. He received his first Grammy Award nomination a year later. On February 17, 2001, after forty appearances on the show, he was inducted into the Opry Hall of Fame.

In 2002, he won the CMA Music Video of the Year for "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)." Several celebrities made notable guest appearances in the video, including Little Jimmy Dickens, Kimberly Williams, Dan Patrick, and Jerry Springer.

Paisley released his third album, Mud on the Tires (2003), following Who Needs Pictures and Part II. The album features the hit song "Celebrity," the video of which parodies reality shows such as Fear Factor and American Idol and included such celebrities as Jason Alexander, Jim Belushi, Little Jimmy Dickens, Trista Rehn, and William Shatner. The album's title track, "Mud on the Tires," reached Billboard #1 in 2004.

In 2005, after touring with Reba McEntire and Terri Clark on the critically acclaimed "Two Hats and a Redhead Tour," he released Time Well Wasted, containing 15 tracks, including "Alcohol", a duet ("When I Get Where I'm Going") with Dolly Parton, another ("Out in the Parking Lot") with Alan Jackson, and a bonus track, "Cornography". On November 6, 2006, the album "Time Well Wasted won the Country Music Association CMA Award for Best Album.

Gear: Paisley uses custom made Crook Telecaster Guitars and Dr. Z Amplifiers for his signature twang sound.

Paisley contributed two original songs to the Disney film Cars. These can be found on the film's soundtrack. This was in recognition of his contribution to the "Route 66: Main Street America" television special.

Personal Life

Paisley began dating actress Kimberly Williams in 2001, who he'd had a crush on since watching the movie Father of the Bride which, ironically enough, had been the inspiration of his "Part II' song and album since it was the movie he'd seen with an ex-girlfriend. The two married on March 15, 2003. They live in Franklin, Tennessee with another home in Los Angeles.

Paisley and Williams welcomed their first child, a son named William Huckleberry Paisley, on February 22, 2007.

Hal Greer, NBA Basketball Player, Hunington

Harold Everett Greer (born June 26, 1936, in Huntington, West Virginia) is a former professional basketball player.

He played college basketball at Marshall University and was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals of the NBA in 1958. Greer played for Syracuse for five seasons, raising his scoring average to 22.8 points a game in 1961. He was selected for the NBA All-Star team that year. In 1963, the Syracuse Nationals moved to Philadelphia to become the Philadelphia 76'ers. There, Greer became well-known as a teammate of Wilt Chamberlain, and starred on the powerful 1966-67 team that ended the eight-year championship reign of the Boston Celtics). In the 76ers' 15 playoff games that season, Greer averaged a team-best 27.7 points. Greer had an unusual but highly effective free-throw technique, shooting a jump shot from the charity stripe. He is usually considered the third-best guard of the 1960s, behind Oscar Robertson and Jerry West.

Greer played in 10 NBA All-Star Games and was the MVP of the 1968 game when he went 8-for-8 from the field and scored 21 points, a record-breaking 19 in one quarter. He also was chosen to the All-NBA Second Team seven times, and scored more than 20,000 points during his NBA career. His hometown has honored his success by renaming 16th Street, which carries West Virginia Route 10 as the main artery between the campus/downtown area and Interstate 64, as "Hal Greer Boulevard." Hal Greer is recognized as the only African-American athlete enshrined in a major sports hall of fame from West Virginia.

Greer is sometimes confused with Hal Lear, another star guard who played alongside Guy Rodgers for Temple University in the mid-1950s.

College Accomplishments


Homer H. Hickam, Jr., Engineer and Author, Coalwood

born on February 19, 1943, the second son of Homer and Elsie Hickam, and was raised in Coalwood, West Virginia. He graduated from Big Creek High School in 1960 and from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in 1964 with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering. A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Hickam served as a First Lieutenant in the Fourth Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1967-1968 where he won the Army Commendation and Bronze Star medals. He served six years on active duty, leaving the service with the rank of Captain.

 Hickam has been a writer since 1969 after his return from Vietnam. At first, he mostly wrote about his scuba diving adventures for a variety of different magazines. Then, after diving on many of the wrecks involved, he branched off into writing about the battle against the U-boats along the American east coast during World War II. This resulted in his first book, Torpedo Junction (1989), a military history best-seller published in 1989 by the Naval Institute Press.

In 1998, Delacorte Press published Hickam's second book, Rocket Boys: A Memoir, the story of his life in the little town of Coalwood, West Virginia. It became an instant classic. Rocket Boys has since been translated into eight languages and also released as an abridged audio book and electronic book. Among it's many honors, it was selected by the New York Times as one of its "Great Books of 1998" and was an alternate "Book-of-the-Month" selection for both the Literary Guild and Doubleday book clubs. Rocket Boys was also nominated by the National Book Critics Circle as Best Biography of 1998. In February, 1999, Universal Studios released its critically-acclaimed film October Sky, based on Rocket Boys (The title October Sky is an anagram of Rocket Boys). Delacorte subsequently released a mass market paperback of Rocket Boys, re-titled October Sky. October Sky reached the New York Times # 1 position on their best-seller list.

 Mr. Hickam's first fiction novel was Back to the Moon (1999) which was also simultaneously released as a hardcover, audio book, and eBook. It has also been translated into Chinese.

The Coalwood Way (2000), a memoir of Homer's hometown he calls "not a sequel but an equal," was published by Delacorte Press and is available in abridged audio, eBook, large print and Japanese. It was an alternate "Book-of-the-Month" selection for Doubleday book club. His third Coalwood memoir, a true sequel, was published in October 2001. It is titled Sky of Stone (2001). Sky of Stone is presently under development as a television movie. His final book about Coalwood was published in 2002, a self help/inspirational tome titled We Are Not Afraid: Strength and Courage from the Town That Inspired the #1 Bestseller and Award-Winning Movie October Sky.

 His latest work is The Ambassador's Son (2005), published by St. Martin's Press. It is the second of his series of popular novels about Josh Thurlow, a Coast Guard officer during World War II. The series began with The Keeper's Son (2003), and will continue with The Far Reaches in 2007.

While working on his writing career, Mr. Hickam was employed as an engineer for the U.S. Army Missile Command from 1971 to 1981 assigned to Huntsville, Alabama, and Germany. He began employment with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at Marshall Space Flight Center in 1981 as an aerospace engineer. During his NASA career, Mr. Hickam worked in spacecraft design and crew training. His specialties at NASA included training astronauts on science payloads, and extravehicular activities (EVA). He also trained astronaut crews for many Spacelab and Space Shuttle missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope deployment mission, the first two Hubble repair missions, Spacelab-J (the first Japanese astronauts), and the Solar Max repair mission. Prior to his retirement in 1998, Mr. Hickam was the Payload Training Manager for the International Space Station Program.

 In 1984, Mr. Hickam was presented with Alabama's Distinguished Service Award for heroism shown during a rescue effort of the crew and passengers of a sunken paddleboat in the Tennessee River. Because of this award, Mr. Hickam was honored in 1996 by the United States Olympic Committee to carry the Olympic Torch through Huntsville, Alabama, on its way to Atlanta.

In 1999, the governor of the state of West Virginia issued a proclamation in honor of Mr. Hickam for his support of his home state and his distinguished career as both an engineer and author and declared an annual "Rocket Boys Day."

For recreation, Mr. Hickam still loves to SCUBA dive. He also jogs nearly every day. A new avocation is amateur paleontology. He works with Dr. Jack Horner in Montana every summer. Most of all, however, he loves to write.

 Mr. Hickam is married to Linda Terry Hickam, an artist and his first editor and assistant. They love their cats and share their time between homes in Alabama and the Virgin Islands.

John C. Norman, Surgeon, Charleston

Noted thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon and researcher John C. Norman Jr. was born May 11, 1930, in Charleston, West Virginia. His mother Ruth Stephenson Norman was a longtime educator in Kanawha County; his father John Norman Sr. was an architect and structural engineer. After graduating valedictorian from Garnet High School in 1946, John Norman entered Howard University. He later transferred to Harvard and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1950.

John Norman received his M. D. from Harvard Medical School in 1954. Following an internship and residency in New York, he served aboard the aircraft carrier Saratoga in 1957 and 1958 before completing his cardiac surgical training at the University of Michigan. In 1962, Norman was a National Institutes of Health fellow at the University of Birmingham, England.

Norman became an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and joined the surgical staff at Boston City Hospital in 1964. In addition to his teaching and surgical duties, Norman undertook several medical research projects involving organ transplants. In 1967, he successfully transplanted the spleen of a healthy dog into a hemophiliac beagle. As a result of their research on the liver, Norman and his associates were able to use a pig's liver to keep a patient alive for eighteen days.

It was while in Boston that Norman also began important research into a left ventricular assist device for cardiac patients. This research took him to the prestigious Texas Heart Institute in 1972. For the next several years, Norman worked on development of the first abdominal left ventricular assist device (ALVAD), which could be implanted temporarily in patients suffering cardiac failure after open-heart surgery. Between 1975 and 1978, Norman and institute founder Dr. Denton Cooley implanted a number of these devices. Norman also researched potential power sources and materials for artificial hearts.

Norman later worked as a surgeon at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey before returning to West Virginia in 1986 to serve for several years as chairman of the surgery department at Marshall University School of Medicine. For his work in medical research, Norman was awarded the 1985 Congressional High Technology Award. He previously was honored as the Charleston Gazette-Mail's West Virginian of the Year for 1971.

David Adair, Rocket Scientist and UFO Researcher

David Adair tells the story of the U.S. space program through the eyes of a child prodigy turned top rocket scientist. Building his first rocket at the age of 11, David soon had progressed to the point that he was drawing attention to his exploits by people such as General Curtis LeMay and Werner Von Braun.

His complicated mathematical formulas found their way to the eminent scientist, Dr. Stephen Hawking, who at that time had just received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Astrophysics and was at the beginning of his own career. When they met and David was asked for the source of his formulas, he sheepishly replied that many came to him in dreams. To that Stephen Hawking replied, "I get a lot of my ideas through dreams also. We dream on the same wavelength; therefore, that makes us brothers."

David Adair is an internationally recognized expert in space technology spinoff applications for industry and commercial use. At age 11 he built his first of hundreds of rockets which he designed and test flew. At 17 he won "The Most Outstanding in the Field of Engineering Sciences" from the US Air Force. At 19 he designed and fabricated a state-of-the-art mechanical system for changing jet turbine engines for the US Navy that set world record turnaround times that still stand today.

He is a world class presenter and keynote speaker, seminar and workshop leader and consultant. David is not only knowledgeable, he is a lot of fun. His charismatic style and down-to-earth humour, make David a speaker that is intriguing, informative, entertaining and memorable.

His presentations include little known facts and anecdotes from his involvement with the space program, commercial technology development, films and "the things he has seen" at Area 51.

His presentations have inspired many organisations and his list of clients include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Carolina Power & Light Company, Clemson University, Consolidated Freightways, Edison Electric, Georgia Power Company, Hades Corporation, Hoechst-Salines Corporation, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Reynolds Aluminium, R.J. Reynolds, Thomasville Furniture Industries, Union Electric Company, and the United States Army, Air Force and Navy to name but a few.

Bob Adkins, Pro Football Player, Point Pleasant 

Robert Grant Adkins
Position: E/G/HB/QB
Height: 6' 0'' Weight: 214
Born: 2/7/1917, in Point Pleasant, WV, USA
High School: Point Pleasant (WV)
College: Marshall

Hasil Adkins, Entertainer, Boone County. 1937-2005

 (pronounced "Hassil," not "Haysil") (April 29, 1937 - April 26, 2005), One-man band, was an Appalachian country, rock and roll, blues musician though frequently considered rockabilly and sometimes primitive jazz.

Hasil was born desolate in Boone County, West Virginia, where he lived throughout his life. He was the youngest of 10 children, and was both severely depressive and hyperactive.

Nicknamed "The Haze", Adkins, claimed a repertoire of over 9000 songs including over 7000 original compositions, recorded scores of small, micro-label 45s and is responsible for the birth of Norton Records, Psychobilly and a dance called "The Hunch".

His music can be sad, humorous and/or frantic. He was well known for shrieking certain catchphrases, such as "commodity meat", "I want your head", and "AaaaaaaaaaaaaHeeeeeeeeeeee-Wooo!!!!"

Recurring themes in Adkins' work include love, heartbreak, hunchin', police, death, decapitation, commodity meat, aliens, and chicken. Adkins' often noted in many interviews that his primary heros and influences were Hank Williams, Sr., Jimmie Rodgers, Little Richard and Col. Harlan Sanders the inventor of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Some of his best known songs are "She Said," "No More Hot Dogs," "My Blue Star," "The Hunch," "Beautiful Hills," "We Got A Date," and "Chicken Walk".

Adkins recorded an entire album devoted to chickens entitled Poultry in Motion also including such songs as "Chicken Run," "Chicken Hop," "Chicken Flop," "Chicken Wobble," and "Chicken On The Bone".

After the mid-1990s, he began performing less though remained dear to music critics and celebrants of all things outsiderish, such as Joe Coleman, and John Zorn. Hasil Adkins is a very strong influence on the band The Cramps. Adkins's cult status is kept alive to the present day by the growing appreciation of, and demand for the work of mavericks and misfits. He retains a fan base, particularly amongst followers of outsider music.

Jon Adkins, Pro Baseball Player, Hunington

Jonathan Scott Adkins (born August 30, 1977 in Huntington, West Virginia) is a Major League Baseball pitcher. A graduate of Oklahoma State, the right-hander was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 9th round of the 1998 amateur draft, and has played in parts of three seasons with the Chicago White Sox. (2003-2005) In April of 2006, he pitched in three games for the San Diego Padres, and was then optioned to the Padres' Triple-A affiliate, the Portland Beavers. On November 15, 2006, Jon was traded to the New York Mets.

Daniel Boone, Frontiersman

he lived near Point Pleasant from 1788 to1798

Sara Alexander, Actress, Wheeling

(c. 1839-1926) was an actress who appeared in several silent films from 1916 to 1919. She was born in Wheeling.

Date of birth
c. 1839, Wheeling, West Virginia, USA

Date of death

24 December 1926, New York, New York, USA.

Michael Ammar, Magician, Logan

(b. June 25, 1956) is one of America's best-known close-up magicians, and is famous within the worldwide magical community.

Ammar was born in Logan, West Virginia, and is the youngest of four children.

His interest in magic began when he read a comic book and noticed an advertisement which read "500 tricks for 25 cents!". Ammar sent his quarter and received a catalog. He began ordering tricks and practicing. Before long, he had a full magic show, complete with doves and a teenage assistant. The community, small as it was, supported him and booked him for local shows for schools and birthdays.

While in college at West Virginia University, Ammar developed friendships with others involved in magic. He began to publish his ideas in the early 1980s, and performed for Johnny Carson, as well as at the Magic Castle.

In 1983, Ammar entered the FISM magic competition and was awarded the Gold Medal for Close-Up Magic. In doing so, he became the second American in the history of the competition to do so.

After winning at FISM, Ammar travelled west and became friends with the great Dai Vernon who became Ammar's mentor throughout the following years.

He has produced over forty video titles, also books and magazines. In 1999 The Magic Magazine named him one of 100 most influential magicians of the century.

Earl E. Anderson, USMC General, Morgantown

(1919- ) was named a member of the American Bar Association Board of Governors in 2001. He was formerly the assistant commandant of the U. S. Marine Corps. At the time of his appointment to four-star rank, he was the youngest active-duty Marine and first aviator promoted to that rank. Following his retirement from the military, Anderson served several years with the State Department and United Nations. He was born in Morgantown and graduated from Morgantown High School and WVU.

John James Abert, Topographical Engineer, Shepherdstown  1788-1863

John James Abert was born in Shepherdstown, Virginia, 17 September 1788, and died in Washington. District of Columbia, 27 September 1863. He was the son of John Abert, who came to this country with Rochambeau in 1780. Young Abert was graduated at West Point in 1811, but at once resigned, and was then employed in the War Office. Meanwhile he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia in 1813. in the War of 1812 he volunteered as a private soldier for the defense of the capital. He was reappointed to the army in 1814 as topographical engineer, with the rank of major.  In 1829 he became Chief of the Topographical Bureau at Washington, and in 1838 became colonel in command of that branch of the engineers. He was retired in 1861 after "long and faithful service." Col. Abert was associated in the supervision of many of the earlier national works of engineering, and his reports prepared for the government are standards of authority. He was a member of several scientific societies, and was one of the organizers of the national institute of science, which was subsequently merged into the Smithsonian Institute. His son, James W. Abert, served with distinction in the Corps of Topographical Engineers from 1843 through the Civil War.

George H. Anderson, Oil Pioneer, Williamstown. 1852-1921 

(1852-1921) was a pioneer in the oil business in New York State and Canada and later in northern West Virginia. He is credited with creating several innovative devices used in drilling for oil, including a new type of sand pump, for which he received a patent in 1914. He sold the rights for the pump to a New York syndicate for $30,000. He is said to have been a boyhood friend of Thomas Edison. Anderson was living in Williamstown, West Virginia, at the time of his death.

David Anthony, Author, Weirton. 1930-1986

He wrote the novel which was made into the 1974 movie The Midnight Man. He was born William Dale Smith in Weirton.

Tony Anthony, Actor, Clarksburg

Born 16 October 1937, Clarksburg, West Virginia. Tony Anthony is largely credited with the revival of the 3-D concept in the early 1980s. Anthony did, however work for many years on Spaghetti Westerns (some with co-production company Lupo-Anthony-Quintano Productions). He produced and starred in two 3-Dimensional movies, both of which enjoyed a modest theatrical release. After making these two films, Anthony effectively retired from the movie industries (except from the occasional production work with friend Gene Quintano). Sometimes Credited As Frank Pettito / Tony Pettito

Allen Appel, Author, Parkersburg

Allen Appel, born January 6, 1945, in Parkersburg, West Virginia, is a novelist best known for his series about time traveler Alex Balfour. In the series, fictional characters are interwoven with actual historical people and events.

Appel grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia, graduated from West Virginia University in 1967 and moved to Washington, D.C., where he found work as an illustrator and photographer. He made his mark with a series of collage illustrations for the Sunday magazine section of The Washington Post, and this work led to his first book, Proust's Last Beer (1979), descriptions of how famous historical and literary figures died, illustrated with his imaginative black-and-white collages.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he wrote a half-dozen genre novels, but all six went unpublished. He finally scored with Time After Time, published in 1985 by Carroll & Graf. The story follows New School history professor Alex Balfour as he is tossed back and forth between present-day New York City and the Russian Revolution of 1917. While seeking an explanation for his unusual situation, Alex attempts to save Czar Nicholas and his family. In the course of the novel, he encounters Ivan Pavlov, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky and Grigory Rasputin. Along with favorable reviews, the novel received recognition from the American Library Association as one of the Best Young Adult Novels of the Year . The novel gained more readers in a Dell Laurel Edition with cover art by renowned illustrator Fred Marcellino, and it was reprinted again as a Dell mass-market paperback in 1990.

Time After Time is the first of what became known as the Alex Balfour series, although the author usually refers to it as the "Pastmaster" series. The appearance of real-life historical figures became an expected device in the series. Mark Twain and George Armstrong Custer are featured prominently in Twice Upon a Time (1988), an American Library Association nominee in the Best Young Adult Novels of the Year category. Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth and Franklin D. Roosevelt are characters in Till the End of Time (1990), another ALA nominee. In Time of War (2003) takes place during the American Civil War, and Ambrose Bierce is a major character. Sea of Time, set aboard the Titanic, was written in 1987 but never published.

Jodi Applegate News Commentator, Wheeling

She joined NBC News in 1996 as co-anchor of Weekend Today. In January 1999 she was named host of NBC's Later Today. In 2001 she was employed by WFXT in Boston. "I enjoyed NBC, but I had been getting up at 3 a.m. for years and was ready for a change," she said. In 2006 she was a co-anchor of Good Day New York on WNYW-TV, the Fox affiliate in New York. Applegate was born in Wheeling, but grew up in Pittsburgh.

Karen Austin, Actress, Welch

(born 1954) is an American actress from Welch, West Virginia. Austin has made many TV appearances since the mid 1970s. Played Carrie Welby on the TV series The Quest (1982) and played court clerk Lana Wagner on the TV series Night Court (1984). She has also appeared in over 25 films. She was born in Welch.


Hugh G. Aynesworth, Author and Journalist, Nutter Fort

(born August 2, 1931 in Nutter Fort, West Virginia) is an American journalist. He was a reporter for the Dallas Morning News at the time of the John F. Kennedy assassination and was the first print reporter to interview the assassin's widow, Marina Oswald. He later co-wrote the book The Only Living Witness about serial killer Ted Bundy.

He co-wrote Ted Bundy: Conversations With A Killer. He has fifty years experience as a reporter, writer, editor, and publisher and currently is Southwest bureau chief for the Washington Times. Aynesworth was the Dallas-Houston correspondent for Newsweek following the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. He was in Dealey Plaza when Kennedy was killed. Aynesworth grew up in Nutter Fort, W. Va., and graduated from Roosevelt-Wilson High School in 1949.

Nnamdi Azikiwe, president of the Republic of Nigeria

Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904-1996), the first president of the Republic of Nigeria, finished high school and began his college education at Storer College in Harper's Ferry. Azikiwe, popularly known as "Zik," was the father of modern Nigerian nationalism and chief architect of the country's independence.

Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe, usually referred to as Nnamdi Azikiwe, or, informally and popularly, as "Zik", was the founder of modern Nigerian Nationalism and the first President of Nigeria. Born on 16 November 1904 in Zungeru, northern Nigeria to Igbo parents from the eastern part of the country. He died on 11 May 1996 at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, after a protracted sickness.

Early in his academic career, Azikiwe attended Storer College, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, but later enrolled and graduated from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) in 1930, where he became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe had a stint as an instructor at Lincoln before returning to Africa, first to Accra in Ghana where he became the founding editor of The West African Pilot. He later returned to Nigeria to found the Zik Group of Newspapers publishing different titles with different editors and editorial teams in different cities across the country. Some of the renowned post-independent journalists in Nigeria got their training from working with Zik whose newspapers were generally anti-colonialism. After a successful journalism enterprise, Zik entered into politics Co-founding the NCNC alongside Herbert Macaulay in 1944, and in 1954 became Premier of Nigeria's Eastern Region. Very soon after the granting of Nigeria's independence in 1960 he gained the office of Governor-General, and with the proclamation of a republic in 1963 he became the first and only ceremonial President of Nigeria, while Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was the Prime Minister. He and his civilian colleagues were removed from power in the military coup of January 15, 1966. During the Biafran (1967–1970) war of secession, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe became a spokesman for the nascent republic and an adviser to its leader Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. After the war, he served as Chancellor of Lagos University from 1972 to 1976. He joined the Nigerian People's Party in 1978 and made an unsuccessful bid for the presidency in 1979 and again in 1983. He left politics involuntarily after the military coup on December 31, 1983.

His time in politics spanned most of his adult life and he was referred to by admirers as "The Great Zik of Africa". His motto in politics was "talk I listen, you listen I talk".

Zik has a lot of places in Nigeria named after him such as the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Anambra. His portrait adorns Nigeria's five hundred naira currency note.


John "Sheriff" Blake, Pro Baseball Player, Anstead

born in 1899. He was the losing pitcher in the famous game in the 1929 World Series in which his Cubs lost to Philadelphia 10-9 after leading 9-2 after the seventh inning.

Ralph "Joe Meadows, Country Entertainer, Basin 1934-2003

Ralph Joe Meadows was born on the last day of 1934 in the small coal town of Basin in southern West Virginia. As a child growing up listening to WSM's Grand Ole Opry and WCYB's “Farm and Fun Time” radio programs, Joe's ear became attuned to the sounds of the fiddlers who performed with Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, and others. At the age of sixteen, Joe began performing with Melvin and Ray, the Goins Brothers, around Bluefield, West Virginia, where he worked until the fall of 1952, when he joined the Stanley Brothers. He stayed until the spring of 1955 and recorded some thirty songs with Carter and Ralph, including “Orange Blossom Special.”  As a child growing up listening to 1955 and recorded some thirty songs with Carter and Ralph, including “Orange Blossom Special.” After leaving the Stanley Brothers, Joe performed briefly with the Lilly Brothers, and then joined Jim and Jesse at the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree, moving with them to Live Oak, Florida. Then in 1956 Bill Monroe asked Joe to become a Blue Grass Boy; “of course that just thrilled me to death,” Joe remembers. He toured with Bill Monroe for about a
year until returning home to West Virginia in 1957. Joe continued to perform closer to home first with Bill and Mary Reed, and then with Buddy Starcher. In 1974 Joe began touring and recording with the Goins Brothers. It wasn't long before Jim and Jesse hired Joe for a second stint, this one lasting from 1974 to1980. After 1983, Joe lived in the Washington, DC area, where he continued to perform until his passing in 2003. Joe was joined by his grandson, Brandon Farley, on mandolin on the album, "Cotton Eyed Joe.".

Wilbur Cooper, Pro Baseball Player, Bearsville. 1892-1973

Arley Wilbur Cooper (February 24, 1892 - August 7, 1973) was an American left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played most of his career for the Pittsburgh Pirates. A four-time winner of 20 games in the early 1920s, he was the first National League lefthander to win 200 games. He established NL records for lefthanders – second only to Eddie Plank among all southpaws – for career wins (216), innings pitched (3466 1/3) and games started (405); all were broken within several years by Eppa Rixey. His career earned run average of 2.89 is also the lowest of any lefthander with at least 3000 innings in the NL. He still holds the Pirates franchise records for career victories (202) and complete games (263); he also set club records, since broken, for innings (3201), strikeouts (1191), and games pitched (469).

Cooper was born in Bearsville, West Virginia, and his family moved to Waterford, Ohio when he was a boy. He began his professional career in 1911 with a Marion, Ohio minor league team partially owned by future U.S. President Warren G. Harding; some reports suggested that Harding was the person who recommended Cooper to the Pirates, although he pitched for another minor league team before reaching the majors. In his first start with Pittsburgh in 1912, he pitched a shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1916 he set a team record, still unbroken, with a 1.87 earned run average. He won at least 17 games each year from 1917 through 1924, peaking with seasons of 24, 22 and 23 wins from 1920-1922, and led the league in starts and complete games twice each, and in wins, innings and shutouts once each. He worked quickly in his starts, often not getting the signal from his catcher until he had already begun his windup. Also known as an excellent fielder, in 1920 he became the only pitcher in major league history to begin two triple plays in a single season (on July 7 and August 21), and in 1924 he picked off a record seven runners at third base; that year the Pirates finished within three games of first place, the closest he would come to a championship.

In October 1924 Cooper was traded to the Chicago Cubs, along with Charlie Grimm and Rabbit Maranville, in a decidedly unpopular six-player deal; he was greatly disappointed to leave the Pirates, and never pitched as effectively again. In 1925, while Pittsburgh won the NL pennant for the first time since 1909, he surpassed Rube Marquard for the NL career innings record for lefthanders; the following year, he broke Marquard's league record for career starts. In June 1926 he was picked up by the Detroit Tigers, and he ended his major league career after eight games with the team, though he played in the minor leagues through 1930. Over his career, he was 216-178 with a 2.89 ERA in 517 games, and struck out 1252 batters in 3480 innings. In addition to his NL career records for lefthanders in wins, starts and innings, he also ranked second among league southpaws to Marquard in strikeouts (1250) and games pitched (509), second to Ted Breitenstein in complete games (279), and second to Nap Rucker in shutouts (35). His Pirates team records for innings and strikeouts were later surpassed by Bob Friend, and his record for games pitched was broken by teammate Babe Adams in 1926. Cooper, who batted right-handed, was also a fine hitter, and teammate Pie Traynor recalled that he would often bat in the #8 slot when he was starting; in 1924, he batted .346 in 104 at bats. He had a career .239 average with 6 home runs.

Cooper died of a heart attack at age 81 in Encino, California.

Cora Sue Collins, Actress, Beckley. 1927

Cora Sue Collins was born April 19, 1927 in Beckley, West Virginia. She was a beautiful child actress who was in very much demand during the thirties. Her first film was at the age of five in THE STRANGE CASE OF CLARA DEANE in 1932. The highly talented little girl appeared in small roles throughout the early part of the decade. One of her roles that stand out was as the illegitimate daughter of Colleen Moore in THE SCARLET LETTER in 1934. She performed well, particularly when she is picked on by the many children in the village where she lived. Cora remained active in films until she played Elinor Randall in 1945's ROUGHLY SPEAKING. She retired from cinema at the age of eighteen.

  1. Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) .... Jane Rand
  2. Roughly Speaking (1945) (uncredited) .... Elinor Randall as a girl
  3. Youth on Trial (1945) .... Cam Chandler
  4. Johnny Doughboy (1942) .... Cora Sue
  5. Get Hep to Love (1942) .... Elaine Sterling
    ... aka She's My Lovely (UK)
  6. Blood and Sand (1941) .... Encarnacíon as a Child
  7. All This, and Heaven Too (1940) (uncredited) .... Louise de Rham
    Bad Little Angel (1939) (scenes deleted) .... Clarabella Dodd
  8. Stop, Look and Love (1939) .... Dora Haller
  9. The Greener Hills (1939) (uncredited) .... Miller Daughter
  10. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) .... Amy Lawrence
  11. Three Married Men (1936) .... Sue Cary
  12. Devil's Squadron (1936) .... Mary
  13. The Harvester (1936) .... Naomi Jameson
  14. Magnificent Obsession (1935) .... Ruth
  15. Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935) .... Little girl
  16. Harmony Lane (1935) .... Marian Foster
  17. Two Sinners (1935) .... Sally Pym
    ... aka Two Black Sheep
  18. The Dark Angel (1935) .... Kitty Vane, as a Child
  19. Anna Karenina (1935) .... Tania
  20. Mad Love (1935) (uncredited) .... Gogol's Lame Child Patient
    ... aka The Hands of Orlac (UK)
  21. Public Hero #1 (1935) (uncredited) .... Little Girl
  22. Without Children (1935) .... Carol Cole as a Child
  23. Naughty Marietta (1935) (uncredited) .... Felice
  24. Little Men (1934) .... Daisy
  25. The World Accuses (1934) .... 'Pat' Collins
  26. Evelyn Prentice (1934) .... Dorothy Prentice
  27. Caravan (1934/I) (uncredited) .... Child
  28. The Spectacle Maker (1934) (uncredited) .... The Little Princess
  29. The Scarlet Letter (1934) .... Pearl
  30. Treasure Island (1934) (uncredited) .... Young girl at the inn
  31. Black Moon (1934) .... Nancy Lane
  32. As the Earth Turns (1934) (uncredited) .... Marie
  33. Elinor Norton (1934) (uncredited) .... Betty, Little Girl
  34. Queen Christina (1933) (uncredited) .... Christina (younger)
  35. The Sin of Nora Moran (1933) .... Nora Moran, as a child
    ... aka Voice from the Grave (USA)
  36. Torch Singer (1933) .... Sally at 5 Years
    ... aka Broadway Singer
  37. Mary Stevens, M.D. (1933) (uncredited) .... Jane Simmons
  38. Jennie Gerhardt (1933) (uncredited) .... Vesta at age 6
  39. The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) (uncredited) .... Farmer's Daughter
    ... aka Every Woman's Man
  40. Picture Snatcher (1933) (uncredited) .... Jerry's Little Girl
  41. Man of Action (1933) (uncredited) .... Maria
  42. The Mysterious Rider (1933) .... 'Jo-Jo' Foster
    ... aka The Fighting Phantom (USA: reissue title)
  43. They Just Had to Get Married (1933) .... Rosalie
  44. Silver Dollar (1932) (uncredited) .... Maryanne Silver-Dollar Echo Honeymoon Martin, as a Girl
  45. Smilin' Through (1932) (uncredited) .... Young Kathleen
  46. The Strange Case of Clara Deane (1932) .... Nancy (child)
  47. The Unexpected Father (1932) .... Judge

Chris Sarandon, Actor, Beckley

Chris Sarandon (born July 24, 1942) Sarandon was born and raised in Beckley, West Virginia, the son of a Greek immigrant and restauranteur. In his teens, he played drums and sang back-up with a local band called The Teen Tones which later went on to tour with such musical legends as Bobby Darin and Gene Vincent.

He earned his master's degree in theater from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where met his first wife, actress Susan Sarandon. After graduation, he toured with numerous improv companies and became heavily involved in regional theatre, making his professional debut in The Rose Tattoo in 1965. In 1968, Sarandon moved to New York, where he landed his first television role as Dr. Tom Halverson on The Guiding Light (1969-1973). He also appeared in the primetime TV movies The Satan Murders (1974) and Thursday's Game before landing the role of Al Pacino's overwrought transsexual lover in Dog Day Afternoon (1975), a performance which earned him nominations for Best New Male Star of the Year at the Golden Globes and the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award.

In spite of his recent success in film and television, Sarandon chose to focus on stage work for most of the next decade, appearing in The Rothchilds and The Two Gentlemen of Verona on Broadway, as well making regular appearances at numerous Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw festivals in the United States and Canada. He also appeared in a series of television roles, some of which (such as A Tale of Two Cities in 1980) mirrored his affinity for the classics. He also took roles in horror films, this time in co-leads, opposite the late Margaux Hemingway in the thriller Lipstick (1976) and as a demon in the shocker The Sentinel (1977). To avoid being type cast as creepy characters, Chris took on various roles in the years to come, portraying the title role in the made for television movie The Day Christ Died (1980). He received accolades for his portrayal of Sydney Carton in a made for television version of A Tale of Two Cities (1980), co-starred with Dennis Hopper in The Osterman Weekend (1983), which was based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name and co-starred with Goldie Hawn in Protocol (1984). These were followed by another mainstream success as the hypnotic vampire-next-door in the teen horror classic Fright Night (1985).

He is best known in the film industry for his role as Prince Humperdinck in Rob Reiner's 1987 film The Princess Bride, though he also has had supporting parts in some other successful films such as the original Child's Play (1998). He also provided the voice of Jack Skellington, the main character in Tim Burton's animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), and has since reprised the role in many other spinoff productions, including the Squaresoft/Disney video games Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II and the Capcom sequel to the original film, Oogie's Revenge. Sarandon also reprised his role as Jack Skellington for the "Haunted Mansion Holiday", a three-month overlay of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, where Jack and his friends take over the Mansion in an attempt to run Christmas, much like his character in the film.

Sarandon would later find work on television again with a recurring role as Dr. Burke on NBC's long-running medical drama ER. In recent years Chris has been seen on stage, film and TV but with fewer roles and without leading roles.

He divorced from Susan Sarandon in 1979, after which he was married and divorced from model Lisa Ann Cooper during the 1980s. They had 3 children.

In 1991 he performed on Broadway in the short-lived musical Nick and Nora (based on the Thin Man film) with Joanna Gleason, the daughter of Monty Hall. Sarandon married Gleason in 1994. They have appeared together in a number of films, including American Perfekt (1997), Edie & Pen (1996) and Let the Devil Wear Black (1999).

In the 2000s he has done a bit of TV work by making guest appearances on quite a few series, notably as superior court judge Barry Krumble and love interest for Judge Amy Gray in six episodes of the hit television show "Judging Amy."

He is on the Advisory Board for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

As of 2006, he was on Broadway playing "Signor Naccarelli" in the new 6-time Tony award-winning Broadway musical The Light in the Piazza at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan.


Being on stage is a seductive lifestyle. My advice to aspiring actors is think twice. People sometimes go into acting for the wrong reasons - as a shortcut to fame and fortune. If these goals are not attained, they feel a bitter disappointment. Acting should be an end in itself.



Spyder Turner, Entertainer, Beckley


Spyder Turner was born in West Virginia, but grew up in the shadow of Motown in Detroit.  He became a polished performer at an early age, forming a doo-wop group called the Nonchalants and individually entering talent shows in Detroit and beyond.  He won a talent show at the Apollo Theatre at age 16.  Two years later, a demo tape he recorded landed him a contract with MGM Records.  The recording, a unique cover of "Stand By Me," featuring Turner's impersonations of Smokey Robinson, David Ruffin, Jackie Wilson and others singing the Ben E. King classic, took Pop and Soul Radio by storm and started a professional career for Turner that is still going on to this day.

Turner never scored another major national hit as a singer, but continued to record solid albums throughout the 70s.  He also began working with songwriting legend Norman Whitfield, penning Rose Royce's "Do Your Dance," and also appeared and or performed in a number of movies, including Motown's The Last Dragon, Agent Secret 00 Soul and Street Wars.

After working with legendary Detroit bandleader Johnny Trudell in the 90s, Turner has now assembled a crackerjack band of Detroit musicians and is touring, performing an entertaining show of his past hits as well as more impersonations of classic soul stars.  He is also working on a new album, cuts from which are featured on his website.

Teddy Weatherford, Musician, Pocahontas. 1903-1945

b 11 October 1903 d. 25 April 1945) was a jazz pianist.

Weatherford was born in Pocahontas, Virginia and was raised in neighboring Bluefield, West Virginia. From 1915 through 1920 he lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he learned to play jazz piano. He then moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he worked with such bands as that of Erskine Tate through the 1920s, and worked with such jazz notables as Louis Armstrong and Johnny Dodds.

Weatherford then traveled, first to Amsterdam, then around Asia playing professionally. In the early 1930s he led a band at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Bombay (now Mumbai), India He joined Cricket Smith's band in Jakarta, Indonesia. Weatherford took over leadership of Smith's band in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1937.

In the early 1940s he led a band in Calcutta, where he made radio broadcasts for the U. S. Armed Forces Radio Service. Performers with Weatherford's band included Jimmy Witherspoon, Roy Butler and Gery Scott.

Teddy Weatherford died of cholera in Calcutta, aged 41.

Evans Evans, Actress, Bluefield

Date of birth 26 November 1936, Bluefield, West Virginia, USA

Sometimes Credited As Evans Frankenheimer
  1. "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" .... Security Guard (1 episode, 1994)
        - The Tale of the Quiet Librarian (1994)
    TV Episode
    .... Security Guard
  2. Dead Bang (1989) .... Mrs. Gebhardt
    ... aka Dead-Bang (USA: poster title)
  3. Prophecy (1979) .... Cellist
    ... aka Prophecy: The Monster Movie (USA: video box title)
  4. The Iceman Cometh (1973) .... Cora
  5. Story of a Love Story (1973) .... Elizabeth
    ... aka Impossible Object
    ... aka Impossible objet, L' (France)
    ... aka Questo impossibile oggetto (Italy)
  6. "Mannix" .... Phyllis Judson Garth (1 episode, 1969)
        - Death in a Minor Key (1969)
    TV Episode .... Phyllis Judson Garth
  7. Bonnie and Clyde (1967) .... Velma Davis
    ... aka Bonnie and Clyde... Were Killers! (UK)
  8. Grand Prix (1966) (uncredited) .... Mrs. Randolph
  9. "The Reporter" .... Sherwood (1 episode, 1964)
        - He Stuck in His Thumb (1964)
    TV Episode .... Sherwood
  10. "Redigo" .... Hope (1 episode, 1963)
        - Man in a Blackout (1963)
    TV Episode .... Hope
  11. "Death Valley Days" (1 episode, 1963)
    ... aka Call of the West (USA: syndication title)
    ... aka The Pioneers (USA: syndication title)
    ... aka Trails West (USA: syndication title)
    ... aka Western Star Theater (USA: syndication title)
        - Thar She Blows (1963)
    TV Episode
  12. "The Virginian" .... Phyllis Carter (1 episode, 1963)
    ... aka The Men from Shiloh (USA: new title)
        - Strangers at Sundown (1963)
    TV Episode .... Phyllis Carter
  13. "Wagon Train" .... Melody Drake (1 episode, 1963)
    ... aka Major Adams, Trail Master
        - The Hollister John Garrison Story (1963)
    TV Episode .... Melody Drake
  14. "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" .... Penny Sanford (1 episode, 1962)
        - I Saw the Whole Thing (1962)
    TV Episode .... Penny Sanford
  15. "Kraft Mystery Theater" (1 episode, 1962)
        - Change of Heart (1962)
    TV Episode
  16. All Fall Down (1962) .... Hedy
  17. "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" .... Dora (1 episode, 1962)
        - The Big Score (1962)
    TV Episode .... Dora
  18. "77 Sunset Strip" .... Moxie Miller (1 episode, 1962)
        - Mr. Bailey's Honeymoon (1962)
    TV Episode .... Moxie Miller
  19. "Cain's Hundred" .... Lynne Roberts (1 episode, 1961)
        - Cain's Final Judgment (1961)
    TV Episode .... Lynne Roberts
  20. "Target: The Corruptors" .... Sunshine (1 episode, 1961)
        - Prison Empire (1961)
    TV Episode .... Sunshine
  21. "The Defenders" .... Eleanor Dunn (1 episode, 1961)
        - The Accident (1961)
    TV Episode .... Eleanor Dunn
  22. "Gunsmoke" .... Jenny (1 episode, 1961)
    ... aka Gun Law (UK)
    ... aka Marshal Dillon (USA: rerun title)
        - Harper's Blood (1961)
    TV Episode .... Jenny
  23. "The Twilight Zone" .... Mary Lou (1 episode, 1961)
    ... aka Twilight Zone (USA: new title)
        - A Hundred Yards over the Rim (1961)
    TV Episode .... Mary Lou
  24. "Play of the Week" (2 episodes, 1960)
        - Volpone (1960)
    TV Episode
        - Juno and the Paycock (1960)
    TV Episode
  25. Juno and the Paycock (1960) (TV)
  1. The Style & Sound of Speed (2006) (V) .... Herself
  2. Pushing the Limit: The Making of 'Grand Prix' (2006) (V) .... Herself
  3. "The Directors" .... Herself (1 episode)
        - The Films of John Frankenheimer (????)
    TV Episode .... Herself

Charlie Barnett, actor, Bluefield. 1954-1996

Charlie Barnett (September 23, 1954–March 16, 1996) was an African-American actor and comedian.

Barnett was born in Bluefield, West Virginia, USA. He first made a name for himself in the late 1970s and early 1980s, performing several shows of raunchy comedy a day at outdoor parks in New York City, most notably in Washington Square Park. In September 1980, Barnett auditioned for Saturday Night Live and producer Jean Doumanian was ready to hire him, but after a last-minute audition, Barnett's spot in the cast was given to Eddie Murphy.Barnett went on to appear in film and on television. In the 1983 comedy film D.C. Cab, he played the role of Tyrone. He had a recurring role on the hit 1980s TV series Miami Vice as Neville 'Noogie' Lamont.
He also appeard on Def Comdey Jam although the episode was not aired on TV his performances, on the DVD releases of Def Comedy Jam there is a extra DVD with "2 Raw 4", TV Charlie Barnett is on that.
Barnett's last film role was in 1996 in the film They Bite. He died that year of AIDS.


Phil Brito, Entertainer, Boomer. 1915-2005

Date of birth 15 September 1915, Boomer, West Virginia Date of death 28 October 2005, Newark, New Jersey.

Singer, songwriter ("Mama"), composer, author, educated in high school, then a singer with the dance orchestras of Jan Savitt and Lloyd Huntley. He appeared on radio, in films, on theatre stages and television, and in night clubs, and made many records. Joining ASCAP in 1960, his other song compositions include "I Could Swear It Was You".

Charlie 'Humps" Cowan, Braeholm. 1938-1998 

Charles Edward Cowan (Humps)
Position: OG/OT
Height: 6' 4'' Weight: 264
Born: 6/19/1938, in Braeholm, WV, USA
High School: Buffalo (WV)
College: New Mexico Highlands

an offensive lineman for the Los Angeles Rams from 1961 until he retired in 1975. He played in four consecutive Pro Bowl games from 1967 to 1970. Cowan died of kidney failure in Whittier, California, in 1998 at age 59. He was a native of Braeholm, West Virginia, and graduated from Buffalo High School near Accoville in Logan County, where he was a teammate of Lionel Taylor. At home he was known as Little Humps and his dad was "Big Humps." The nickname was applied to his father, a pitcher; pitchers are know to "hump the ball".

Mayf Nutter, Actor/Songwriter/Composer, Jane Lew

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Date of birth 19 October 1941, Jane Lew, West Virginia, USA
(2005) Lives in Kern Valley, California.Trivia
Sometimes Credited As Mayf Nutter Adamson

If a man is the sum of his experiences, Mayf Nutter has attained enough success to fill several lifetimes. Here's a quick scan of just a few highlights in his career (or should we say careers).  Let's start with MUSIC.  Mayf was the youngest honoree in the Nashville Country Music Hall Of Fame, Walkway of Stars. On their opening day celebration, The Bakersfield Country Music Museum inducted Mayf Nutter and Buck Owens as their first honorees.  Mayf won the "Video Of The Year" award two years in a row performing as Artist, Songwriter, Director, and Producer.  He invented the technique of "acting a role" (not just being the singer); and was the first, perhaps only singer, to never use lip synchronization for a single line of the song; and introduced the use of dialog in Music Videos.  His "Rock-a-Billy Money " video marked the first time an artist, not supported by a major record label, reached the #I spot on CMT. Nhyl Henson, who conceived the idea and started CMT said, " Mayf Nutter is the definition of Recording Artist. He writes the songs, produces the records, writes the video script, hires the actors and crew, directs the videos, acts in them, and produces the whole project. There are lots of singers, Mayf Nutter is an ARTIST." Mayf has been a performer at Jamboree In The Hills nine times, beginning with the first one in 1977.  Inspired by that first event and encouraged by a fan to write a song about that first weekend, Mayf wrote the song that has been used as the Theme Song for this event for the past 24 years, Before beginning his solo career, and just out of high school, Mayf was the guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member, Del Shannon (Classic Hit Song "Runaway", etc.). Later Mayf became the leader, front man, and Columbia records producer for the internationally acclaimed folk singing group, "The New Christy Minstrels".  Rock icon, Frank Zappa formed a new record label, just for Mayf Nutter. He called it Straight Records and the first release, Everybody's Talkin' from the movie MIDNIGHT COWBOY, hit the top of radio play lists across the U.S.  and in Europe. The musicians were Merle Haggard's STRANGERS. The song was cut in a horse barn that Merle had converted into a studio at his Bakersfield home. Soon Capitol Records released more Mayf Nutter Hits including Never Ending Love, Green Door, Party Doll and The Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy. Next Mayf wrote the crowd pleasing songs, Goin' Skinny Dippin' and " Jamboree In The Hills" (the song), and others.   Mayf also has the distinction of writing and recording the first environmental impact song.  "Simpson Creek Won't Never Run Clean Again". Directly influenced by the message in the song, mining companies yielded to public outcry and restored life to every stream in Mayf's native county in West Virginia. All life forms had been previously killed by pollution. A Mayf Nutter Week Celebration resulted.  While flying over miles of the now famous, Alaskan oil slick, on his way to a concert in Anchorage, Mayf witnessed the environmental devastation brought on by the tragic oil spill caused by the tanker ship, Exxon Valdez. That night, as he often does in live performances, he decided to write a song on stage using suggestions from the audience. Moments later "The Ballad Of Valdez" had the audience laughing hysterically. Within a week the song was recorded and being played on all formats of radio from Country to Talk shows. It was featured on ABC TV, CBS TV and was used on network News shows for months. 100% of Artist Royalties went to restore fish and wildlife in Alaska. All this music was somehow scattered between MOVIES: Starring opposite Sally Field, Jeff Bridges, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, James Stewart, Rock Hudson, and others, with directors such as Oscar Winner Stanley Kramer, Bob Rafelson, Chris Cain, (more on resume).  Mayf's roles as a TELEVISION actor, Spans 30 years, from Gunsmoke and Bonanza to The Waltons, (3yrs.) and Knots Landing (Valene Ewing's Fiancée, Parker Winslow), from The Dukes Of Hazzard to Murder She Wrote. Mayf Nutter and James Stewart were the only regular characters on the CBS TV series HAWKINS. Those 90 minute episodes were expanded into full length feature films for theaters outside the USA.  Then there was The Fall Guy (with Lee Majors), Falcon Crest, Airwolf, seven TV Movies for SHOWTIME (Starring as Buddy Tyler in LONESTAR BAR AND GRILL).  Mayf also played three different characters on Days Of Our Lives plus 58 episodes of The Buck Owens TV Ranch shows and too many others to list. For Walt Disney, Mayf has been the Narrator for Animal Movies and "Wonderful World Of Disney" films since 1968.  His LIVE PERFORMANCES range from Las Vegas Headliner to Carnegie Hall. From the Los Angeles Coliseum (65,000 fans) to The Grand Ole Opry. From the WWVA World's Original Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia to the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Center in the Peoples Republic Of China in 1982 (the concert was broadcast "live" on China National TV). Thus, Mayf became, historically, the very First American to ever sing on China National Television. Mayf now resides in the Sequoia National Forest in the Sierra Mountains of California with his wife of 22 years, the former Lindsay Bloom (a former Miss USA and star of "Mike Hammer", "Dallas", and movies, singer/dancer/comedy actress on The Dean Martin Show). They love their country home lifestyle and raising their 3 children (ages 13, 11, and 7) together. Mayf's "Secret for Happiness and Success" is: "Find something you would do for nothing, and find someone to pay you for it". His life's goal is to "Go about doing Good" as Jesus did.

Jean Carson, Entertainer, Charleston. 1932-2005

Birth name Jean Leete
Date of birth 28 February 1923, Charleston, West Virginia, USA
Date of death 2 November 2005, Palm Springs, California, USA. (complications from stroke) 

All this shapely character "broad" had to to was open her mouth to induce laughter -- and so she did, primarily on TV during the 50s and 60s. And although she milked those unmistakeable raspy tones for all its worth, she also showed great comedy sense. Born Jean Leete on February 23, 1923 in Charleston, West Virginia, actress Jean Carson (not to be confused with pert British actress Jeannie Carson of "Hey, Jeannie!" (1956) TV fame) was trained in music and dance and started performing by age 12. With high aspirations of becoming an actress, she subsequently studied at Carnegie-Mellon University.

She was first discovered appearing on Broadway in 1948 in George S. Kaufman's "Bravo!" with a cast including Kevin McCarthy and Oskar Homolka. Set in New York, the show was a bust (running only 44 performances) but Jean made a wonderful comic impression and earned a Theatre World Award in the process. She followed this with another Kaufman-staged play "Metropole" in 1949, as well as "The Bird Cage" (1950) with Melvyn Douglas and Maureen Stapleton and "Men of Distinction" (1953) with Robert Preston, but these shows fared even worse. A hit Broadway comedy finally came her way with "Anniversary Waltz" in 1954, which ran 544 performances. Jean stood out among the cast just for her hilariously deep tones alone.

She was typically displayed on many of the popular shows of the day including "The Red Buttons Show," "The Tom Ewell Show," "Wagon Train," "Sugarfoot," "Perry Mason," "The Untouchables" and "Gomer Pyle." Surprisingly she never had her own TV sitcom although she did appear as a regular on the short-lived "The Betty Hutton Show" (1959) playing a girlfriend to the star. A single standout episode of "The Twilight Zone" had Jean and Fred Clark as a pair of thieves who discover that a camera they've stolen takes pictures of the future. Jean essayed a number of bleached blonde floozies, jail birds, party girls and golddiggers over the course of her career, but was never better than as convict Jalene Naomi and good time girl Daphne on the "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960). In one classic episode, her character Jalene was paired up with sexy cohort Joyce Jameson as two dames- hiding out from the law who hold both Sheriff Andy and Deputy Barney hostage while putting designs on them at the same time.

An unfortunate alcohol problem dogged Jean's career for many years. Active with Alcoholics Anonymous, she eventually retired from Hollywood in the early 1980s and moved to the Palm Springs area to be closer to family. There she appeared occasionally in such local theater productions as "The Elephant Man" and "Steel Magnolias". Jean had been in spiraling health since suffering a paralytic stroke in September of 2005. She died in a Palm Desert convalescent home on November 2, 2005, at age 82. Two sons survive.

Sara Jane Moore, Tried to assassinate President Ford, Charleston.

Sara Jane Moore (born Sara Jane Kahn on February 15, 1930 in Charleston, West Virginia) attempted to assassinate US President Gerald Ford on September 22, 1975 outside the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, just seventeen days after Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme had attempted to assassinate Ford. Moore was 40 feet away from the President when she fired a single shot at him. The bullet missed the President because bystander Oliver Sipple grabbed Moore's arm and then pulled her to the ground, using his hand to keep the gun from firing a second time.[ Sipple said at the time: "I saw [her gun] pointed out there and I grabbed for it. [...] I lunged and grabbed the woman's arm and the gun went off."[The single shot which Moore did manage to fire from her .38-caliber revolver ricocheted off the entrance to the hotel and slightly injured a bystander.

Moore had been evaluated by the Secret Service earlier in 1975, but they had decided she presented no danger to the President. She had been picked up by police on an illegal handgun charge the day before the Ford incident but was released. Police kept the .44 pistol and 113 rounds of ammunition.

A former nursing school student, Women's Army Corps recruit, and accountant, Moore had five husbands before she turned to revolutionary politics in her forties.

Moore's friends said she was obsessed with Patty Hearst. After Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, her father Randolph Hearst created the organization People in Need (P.I.N.) to feed the poor, in order to answer S.L.A. claims that the elder Hearst was "committing 'crimes' against 'the people.'" Moore was a bookkeeper for P.I.N. and an FBI informant when she attempted to assassinate Ford.

Moore pleaded guilty to attempted assassination and was sentenced to life in prison. She is currently serving at the federal women’s prison in Dublin, California.

In an interview in 2004, former President Ford described Moore as "off her mind" and said that he continued making public appearances, even after two attempts on his life within such a short time, because "a president has to be aggressive, has to meet the people."[

In popular culture

In Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical Assassins, Moore is portrayed as a flaky accident-waiting-to-happen who can't wield a gun properly; in the Gun Song (the only song she sings outside of the Assassins as a group) when she "squeezes her little finger to change the world" along with the boys, hers goes off although theirs do not, and in Everybody's Got the Right the Proprietor reminds her "Don't forget that guns can go boom," when she accidentally aims hers at him. Along with Fromme, she serves as a bit of comic relief before major events in the musical, such as Guiteau's assassination of James Garfield.


Robert V. Barron, Actor, Writer and Director. Charleston. 1932-2000

Robert V. Barron (December 26, 1932-December 1, 2000) was an American actor best known as the voice of Admiral Donald Hayes in Robotech. He is also known for playing the role of Abraham Lincoln in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure in 1989.

He was also a songwriter, collaborating with Bert Long on the 1956 hit "Cindy, Oh Cindy," which charted in two versions, one by Vince Martin and The Tarriers and another by Eddie Fisher.


Live Action

Jeramie Rain, Actress, Charleston

Date of birth 23 August 1948, Charleston, West Virginia, USA
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Spouse Richard Dreyfuss March 20, 1983 to August, 1995

Has three children with Dreyfuss, daughter Emily (b. November 1983), sons Benjamin (b. June 1986) and Harry Spencer (b. August 1990).

Used to work as a production assistant for NBC and for the daytime soap opera "The Doctors" (1963).

(2004) Works as a script writer and producer for daytime TV shows in Los Angeles.

Sometimes Credited As Susan Davis / Jeramie Dreyfuss

James Jett. Pro Football Player, Charleston

James S. Jett (born December 28, 1970 in Charleston, West Virginia), is a former American football wide receiver and Olympic sprinter who played nine seasons for the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders from 1993 to 2002 in the National Football League.

Jett attended Jefferson High School where he earned his diploma through a special IEP completion program. He played college football at West Virginia University where he was a seven time All-American in track and competed for the gold medal winning 4x100 relay team in the 1992 Olympic Games. Jett signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent.

Jett was second among NFL receivers with 12 touchdowns in the 1997 season, and finished his career with 256 receptions for 4417 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Babe Barna, Pro Baseball Player, Clarksburg. 1915-1972

Herbert Paul (Babe) Barna (March 2, 1915 - May 18, 1972) was a left fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1937-1938), New York Giants (1941-1943) and Boston Red Sox (1943). Barna batted left handed and threw right handed. He was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

In a five-season career, Barna was a .232 hitter with 12 home runs and 96 RBI in 207 games played.

Barna died in Charleston, West Virginia, at the age of 56.

Sherilyn Wolter, Actress, Clarksburg

Sherilyn Wolter (born November 30, 1961 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, USA) is an actress who has appeared in such television soap operas as General Hospital as Celia Quartermaine from 1983 to 1986 and Santa Barbara as Elena Nikolas in 1987. She also briefly replaced Hunter Tylo as Taylor Hayes in The Bold and the Beautiful in 1990.

Wolter has also made numerous guest appearances on several television series.

Dave Vineyard, Pro Baseball Player. Clay

Dave Vineyard was born on Tuesday, February 25, 1941, in Clay, West Virginia. Vineyard was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 18, 1964, with the Baltimore Orioles.

Birth Name:   David Kent Vineyard
Nickname:   Dave
Born On:   02-25-1941
Place of Birth Data Born In:   Clay, West Virginia
College:   None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:   Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:   Right
Player Height Chart Height:   6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:   195
First Game:   07-18-1964 (Age 23)
Last Game:   09-20-1964
Jeff Copley, Country Entertainer, Crum

b. 1969, Crum, West Virginia, USA. Copley was raised on country and bluegrass music in the Appalachian Mountains. He has been singing since he was five and he was discovered as a young adult at a talent showcase in Nashville. He is yet another good-looking country singer being marketed with CMT in mind and over 2,000 songs were considered for his debut. Released in late 1995, this proved not to be an evergreen. One of the better songs, "Out Where God Is", reflected his feelings for the great outdoors.

Lee Maynard, Author, Crum

Biographical Information

Novelist Lee Maynard was born and raised in Wayne County, West Virginia, in the small mining town of Crum (population at the time, 219), where his father was a teacher and coach and his warmest memories were of out-of-town football trips (Maynard played offensive tackle). He graduated from Ceredo-Kenova High School and then earned a BA from West Virginia University. He published his first novel, Crum, in 1988. Since then, he has been published many times in periodicals, including Reader's Digest, The Saturday Review, and the Columbia Review of Literature. He has also worked as an editor and screenwriter. In 1995, he received a National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship in Fiction for his yet-unpublished novel Screaming with the Cannibals. Lee Maynard lives in New Mexico.

Critical Responses

Writing about the reprinting of Crum by the West Virginia University Press in the October 21, 2001, Charleston Gazette, Dave Peyton commented that "Lee Maynard and I have something in common. Neither of us in welcome in Crum, WV. If there is ever a Crumfest, we won't be invited to be parade grand marshals."

Originally published in 1988, Crum was received angrily by many residents of the small town who objected to Maynard's depictions of the town and its people, despite a disclaimer from Maynard himself on the first page of the book that "Other than the town of Crum, nothing in this book is real. The people do not exist, the events never happened." As James Casto of the Herald-Dispatch remarked: "[Maynard's disclaimer] didn't stop the people in Crum from seeing themselves and their town in Maynard's book. Many didn't like what they saw." Despite this unfavorable reaction, the book is considered a cult classic by scholars of Appalachian literature. Highly prized by collectors, copies of the originally $6.95 paperback sell for over $100.

Critics have compared the novel to classic coming-of-age tales Tom Sawyer and The Catcher in the Rye. The Charleston Gazette's David Peyton calls the book "brilliantly written, carefully crafted, and downright funny. Most of all, it is real." Meredith Sue Willis, who writes the Introduction to the new edition of the novel from West Virginia University's Vandalia Press, writes "Each time I read Lee Maynard's Crum, I ask myself why this foul-mouthed, sexist, scatological, hillbilly-stereotyping novel is one of my favorites." Her answer to that question explores the honesty of Maynard's prose, the complexity of his thoughts, and the honesty of his portrayals of young people coming of age and growing out of the box where they've been planted.

Works Published

Lee Maynard has also published articles in such periodicals as Readers Digest and The Saturday Review.

Fred Reed, Journalist, Crumpler

Fred Reed (born 1945 in Crumpler, West Virginia) is a technology columnist for The Washington Times, and the author of Fred on Everything, a weekly independent column. He also writes books and other material. He has also written for The American Conservative and LewRockwell.com. A former Marine, Reed is a police writer, an occasional war correspondent, and an aficionado of raffish bars. His work, written in a unique and articulate style, is often satirical and opinionated.

He got his start doing military columns and retired from national syndication to write travel books. He is now back as a columnist.

Reed notes that his columns are often provocative, and calls himself "an equal-opportunity irritant."

Fred's output defies characterization as his articles include those attacking feminism (generally the proviso of the right), George W. Bush (generally the proviso of the left) and evolution (generally the proviso of religious fundamentalists). Many of Reed's articles speak of a yearning for a simpler time, and urge the reader to forgo the pursuit of money and comforts in favor of a cultured life of the mind. Reed is currently living in Mexico as an American expatriate.

Eddie Baker, Actor, Davis. 1897-1968

  • Born: Nov 17, 1897 in Davis, VW
  • Died: Feb 04, 1968 in Los Angeles, California
  • Occupation: Actor
  • Active: '20s-'30s, '50s
  • Major Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Career Highlights: Honk Your Horn
  • First Major Screen Credit: Honk Your Horn (1930)


Gangly, 6'1" screen comic Eddie Baker acted in his father's stock company before obtaining a position as a prop boy with the old Biograph Company in 1913. He went in front of the camera for the first time not as a Keystone Kop, as is often reported, but in Joker comedies starring comedian Gale Henry. Baker later worked for Hal Roach, often as a sheriff (Laurel & Hardy's Bacon Grabbers from 1929, in which he sends the boys off to serve a summons on dour Edgar Kennedy is a good example) or police detective. Offscreen, Baker became the first secretary/treasurer of the Screen Actors Guild. He continued to play minor bits in talkies through the mid-'60s, often playing a motorcycle cop, a reporter, or billed simply as "man." ~ Hans J. Wollstein, All Movie Guide

He was one of the original Keystone Kops.

Foge Fazio, Football Coach, Dawmont

Serafino "Foge" Fazio (born 1938 in Dawmont, West Virginia) is a former NFL defensive assistant and college football head coach.

Fazio played linebacker and center at the University of Pittsburgh, and was drafted by the Boston Patriots of the AFL but never played professionally. He returned to his hometown in Western Pennsylvania to being his coaching career at the high school level, and eventually moved to the college ranks. He was hired as head coach by his alma mater in 1982, having previously been defensive coordinator, leading the team to a 25-18-3 record in four seasons before being fired. Lou Holtz then hired Foge Fazio to serve as the defensive coordinator at the University of Notre Dame.. At the college level, Fazio also coached at Boston University, Harvard University and the University of Cincinnati.

He moved to the NFL, coaching for the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets before becoming the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings in 1995. He left the Vikings in 1999 and spent a year as the linebackers coach of the Washington Redskins before his hiring as the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns in 2001. He retired from the Browns in 2003, but was hired as a defensive consultant by Mike Tice of the Vikings in the 2005 season; his influence helped the team turn around a dismal season.

Fazio now lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Norma. They have two children: Kristen (resides in Pittsburgh) and Vincent (resides in Salt Lake City).

Will Hare, Actor, Elkins. 1916-1997

Will Hare (March 30, 1916 - August 31, 1997) is an American actor who has appeared on television and film's, often playing old crusty figures and father/grandpa roles.

Hare was born in Elkins, West Virginia he had appeared on stage, screen, and television since he was 17. Becoming a veteran of stage for over a half of a century, Hare's film debut was Alfred Hitchcock's The Wrong Man (1956) and his final theatrical appearance was "Me and Veronica" in 1992. Hare's other distinctive film credits include Black Oak Conspiracy (1977), The Electric Horseman (1979), Eye of Fire (1983), Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), The Aviator (1985) he also had a small appearance in the 1985 film, Back to the Future as Old Man Peabody. Hare was also an active member of the Screen Actor's Guild for several years and also of the Actors Studio, where he passed away of a heart attack on August 31, 1997 during a rehearsel.

Marshall Goldberg, Pro Football Player, Elkins. 1917-2006

Marshall Goldberg (October 25, 1917 – April 3, 2006) was an American football running back with the Chicago Cardinals in the National Football League.

Goldberg was born in Elkins, West Virginia. At the University of Pittsburgh under coach Jock Sutherland, he led his team to back-to-back national championships in 1936 and 1937. Goldberg's 1936 team won the Rose Bowl. He was runner-up for the 1938 Heisman Trophy and a two-time All-American. During his Pitt career he amassed 1,957 rushing yards, a school record that stood until 1974 when Tony Dorsett surpassed it. Later Sports Illustrated named him a member of the 1930s College Football Team of the Decade. In 1958 he was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.

After college he played professional football for the Chicago Cardinals from 1939-43, interrupted by his service during World War II in the U.S. Navy, then again from 1946-48. The Cardinals won the 1947 NFL Championship and captured the Division title in 1948. He was a four-time All-Pro.

He worked in the insurance industry after his football career ended. In 1965 he took over a machine parts company, Marshall Goldberg Machine Tools Ltd., of Rosemont, Illinois.

Goldberg died at age 88 at a nursing home in Chicago.

John McKay, Football Coach, Everettsville. 1923-2001

John Harvey McKay (July 5, 1923 – June 10, 2001) was an American football coach. He was the head coach of the USC Trojans from 1960 to 1975, and of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976 to 1984.

McKay was born in the now-defunct town of Everettsville, West Virginia. After graduating from high school he worked in the coal mines for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He finally entered college at the age of 23, attending both Purdue University and the University of Oregon and playing at both schools. He turned down the opportunity to play in the NFL, deciding on a coaching career. McKay was an assistant coach at Oregon for 8 years before moving to USC in 1959, and he became USC's head coach the following year.

USC won four national championships (1962, 1967, 1972 and 1974) during McKay's tenure as head coach. His 1972 squad is regarded as one of the best teams in NCAA history. Two of his players, Mike Garrett (1965) and O.J. Simpson (1968), won the Heisman Trophy. He popularized the I-formation, emphasizing a power running game. An Irish Catholic, McKay admitted he was a Notre Dame fan while growing up, then ironically presided over the worst defeat in USC history, a 51-0 loss to the Irish on November 26, 1966.

After turning down several offers from NFL teams, including the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, McKay finally was lured to Tampa Bay to become the Buccaneers' first head coach in 1976. What finally intrigued him enough was the combined five-fold salary increase (totaling $2m per year) and the prospect of building a franchise from the ground up, as opposed to the previous offers at established programs[The Buccaneers lost all 14 games in 1976 and the first 12 games of 1977 before winning their first game against the New Orleans Saints. They would also win the last game of the 1977 season.

In 1979, the Buccaneers posted their first winning season. The Bucs won the NFC Central Division title in the final week of the 1979 season by beating the Kansas City Chiefs 3-0 in a driving Tampa rainstorm to advance to the NFC Championship, where they lost to the Los Angeles Rams in a defensive battle 9-0. The Bucs would make two more playoff appearances in 1981 and 1982, but by then they were a damaged team. With their star quarterback Doug Williams going to the USFL, the Bucs suffered through two losing seasons, and in 1985, McKay stepped down as head coach of the team. In the end, McKay forever regretted his decision to leave the Trojans. His son noted that he knew "within the first week he got to Tampa that he'd made a mistake"

McKay often came up with humorous one-liners during press conferences. One of the best known quips came when he was asked, "What do you think about your team's execution?" McKay responded, "I'm all for it!" When he was asked why his tailbacks carried the ball so much, he replied, "Why not? It's not heavy and he doesn't belong to any union."

John McKay is the father of former Buccaneers general manager Rich McKay, who is now the president and general manager of the Atlanta Falcons. His son J.K. McKay played wide receiver under him twice: first for the Trojans from 1972-75, including two championship teams, 1972 and as a starter on the 1974 team, and later in the NFL for the Buccaneers from 1976-1979.

Fuzzy Knights, Actor, Fairmont. 1901-1976

  • Born: May 09, 1901 in Fairmont, West Virginia, Died: Feb 23, 1976 in Hollywood, California, Occupation: Actor, Active: '30s-'50s,Major Genres: Western, Action, Career Highlights: Rimfire, Frontier Gal, The Silver Bullet, First Major Screen Credit: The Last Round-Up (1934)


To western fans, the nickname "Fuzzy" invokes fond memories of two first-rate comedy sidekicks: Al "Fuzzy" St. John and John Forest "Fuzzy" Knight. Knight inaugurated his career at age 15 with a tent minstrel troupe. His skill as a musician enabled him to work his way through West Virginia University, after which he headed his own band. Among Knight's theatrical credits in the '20s was the 1927 edition of Earl Carroll's Vanities and the 1928 "book" musical Here's How. Mae West caught Knight's act on the Keith vaudeville circuit and cast the bucolic entertainer in her 1933 film vehicle She Done Him Wrong; he would later show up playing West's country cousin in the actress' last important film, My Little Chickadee (1940). Usually essaying comedy roles, Knight was effective in the his dramatic scenes in Paramount's Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936), wherein he tearfully sings a mountain ballad at the funeral of little Spanky McFarland. Knight's B-western comedy sidekick activity peaked in the mid '40s (he appeared most often with Johnny Mack Brown), after which his film roles diminished as his fondness for the bottle increased. Promising to behave himself (at least during filming), Fuzzy Knight signed on in 1955 for Buster Crabbe's popular TV adventure series Captain Gallant of the Foreign Legion; for the next two years, Knight played a semi-serious legionnaire -- named Private Fuzzy Knight. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


Johnnie Johnson, Musician, Fairmont. 1924-2005

Johnnie Johnson (July 8, 1924 – April 13, 2005) was a piano player and blues musician whose work with Chuck Berry led to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He was born in Fairmont, West Virginia near Pittsburgh and began playing piano in 1928. He joined the United States Marine Corps during World War II where he was a member of Bobby Troup's all serviceman jazz orchestra, The Barracudas. After his return, he moved to Detroit and thenChicago, Illinois, where he sat in with many notable artists, including Muddy Waters and Little Walter. He moved to St. Louis in 1952 and immediately put together a jazz and blues group, The Sir John Trio with drummer Ebby Hardy and saxophonist, Alvin Bennett. The three scored a regular gig at the Cosmopolitan Club in East St. Louis. On New Years Eve 1952, Alvin Bennett had a stroke and could not perform. Johnson, searching for a last minute replacement, called a young man named Chuck Berry, an ex-convict and the only musician Johnson knew who because of his inexperience, would likely not be playing on New Years Eve. Johnson was right. Although a limited guitarist, Berry added vocals and showmanship to the group. Since Bennett would not be able to play again because of his stroke, Johnson hired Berry as a permanent member of the Trio. They would remain the Sir John's Trio until Berry took one of their tunes, a reworking of the Bob Wills' classic, Ida Red to Chess records in Chicago. The Chess brothers liked the tune and soon the Trio were in Chicago recording Maybellene named after the mascara and Wee Wee Hours a song Johnson had been playing as an instrumental for years for which Berry penned quick lyrics. By the time the trio left Chicago, Berry had been signed as a solo act and Johnson and Hardy became part of Berry's band. Said Johnson, "I figured we could get better jobs with Chuck running the band. He had a a car and rubber wheels beat rubber heels any day." Over the next twenty years, the two collaborated in the writing and arrangements of many of Berry's songs including "School Days", "Carol", and "Nadine." The song "Johnny B. Goode" though about a guitarist, was actually a tribute to Johnson. It was also one of the few recordings Johnson did not play on as Berry recorded it as a surprise for him. The pianist on the "Johnny B. Goode" session was Lafayette Leake, a gifted pianist who could mimic any style. Leake has been credited with playing on quite a few Berry songs that were actually originally recorded with Johnson, including "Sweet Little Sixteen", the original Johnson version of which can be heard on the album Rock and Roll Rarities. Berry supporters often cite Chess discography and personnel listings that credit Leake and Otis Spann's playing on some recordings as evidence that Johnson did not collaborate with Berry on the music. In doing so, they neglect to consider the fact that Johnson and Berry collaborated on the music prior to the actual recording or, as in the case with Sweet Little Sixteen, the song was re-recorded and the second version released with the piano pushed more up front (showing obvious editing as the piano was often very low in the original mixes). Secondly, and Phil Chess readily admits this, the listings were often wrong as they were done well after the fact. Evidence of this is that for many years, Jaspar Thomas, not Ebby Hardy, was listed as the drummer on the first Berry session. Berry and Johnson didn't even know Thomas, a St. Louis jazz drummer hired after Ebby Hardy left the group, until 1957! Berry and Johnson played and toured together until 1973. Although never on his payroll after 1973, Johnson played occasionally with Berry until his death in 2005.

Johnson was known to have a serious drinking problem. In Chuck Berry's autobiography, Berry tells of how he declared there would be no drinking in the car, while on the road. Johnson and band-mates complied with the request by putting their heads out the window. Johnson denied the story but said he did drink on the road. Johnson quit drinking entirely in 1991 after nearly suffering a stroke on stage with Eric Clapton.

Johnson received very little recognition until the Chuck Berry concert/documentary Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll in 1987. During the documentary, Keith Richards observed that Berry's songs were in piano keys or Johnnie Johnson keys and that it was obvious that Johnnie had collaborated on the music with Berry. That attention helped Johnson, who was a bus driver in St. Louis, Missouri at the time, return to music. He recorded his first solo album, Blue Hand Johnnie, that same year. He later performed with Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley. In 1996 and 1997, Johnson toured with Bob Weir's (of the Grateful Dead) Ratdog, playing 67 shows.

In 1999, Johnson's biography was released, Father of Rock and Roll: The Story of Johnnie B. Goode Johnson by 23-year-old Travis Fitzpatrick. The book was nominated for a Pulitzer prize by Congressman John Conyers and garnered Johnson more recognition.

In November 2000, Johnson sued Berry, alleging he deserved co-composer credits (and royalties) for dozens of songs, including "No Particular Place To Go", "Sweet Little Sixteen", and "Roll Over Beethoven", that credit Berry alone. Despite solid evidence backing Johnson and Berry's admission of Johnson's role as co-writer in mediation, the case was dismissed in less than a year because too many years had passed since the songs in dispute were written.

In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after a tireless and unprecedented campaign by businessman George Turek, author Travis Fitzpatrick and Rolling Stone guitarist, Keith Richards. He also has his on star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

A documentary about Johnson by St. Louis newsman and filmmaker, Art Holliday, is currently in production


Sonny Turner, Entertainer, Fairmont

b. 1941 at Fairmont, West Virginia

In late 1959, Sonny Turner replaced Tony Williams as the lead singer of the original Platters.  Chosen out of 100 singers who auditioned, Sonny at the young age of 19, toured the world with "The Platters" bringing their music to people of all nations.

Sonny brought The Platters back to the pop charts in the 1960's with such hits as "I love you 1000 Times", "With this ring" and "Washed Ashore"; as well as re-recording major Platter hits like "Only You", "The Great Pretender" and "The Magic Touch."  You can hear Sonny's voice in various movies such as "The Nutty Professor II" starring Eddie Murphy.  "Hearts in Atlantis" starring Anthony Hopkins and "Prince of the City" starring Robert DiNiro.

There are only three surviving members of The Platters still alive today that can be heard on the hundreds of recordings and hit records that made The Platters one of the most successful vocal groups of all time.  They are Herb Reed who founded the group in 1953 and sang bass.  Zola Taylor, the female vocalist and Sonny Turner.  Sonny remained with The Platters from late 1959 until 1970 when he left to pursue a solo career.

In 2005, Mr. Turner received The Lifetime Excellence  in Entertainment Award here in Las Vegas where he currently resides.  He was also inducted into The Vocal Group Hall Of Fame for his achievements with The Platters.  Today Sonny performs all over the world

The group's lineup has changed many times. The original lineup in 1953 was lead Cornell Gunter, bass Herb Reed, Alex Hodge, Joe Jefferson, and David Lynch. This lineup changed when the group signed with Ram, who built the group around Tony Williams' voice and his ability to bring life to Ram's songs. Within a year, Hodge, Jefferson, and Gunter were out, and Paul Robi, Zola Taylor, and new lead Tony Williams were in. This lineup lasted until 1960. At that time Williams left for a solo career and was replaced by Sonny Turner. Mercury refused to issue further Platters releases without Williams on lead vocals, provoking a lawsuit between the label and manager Ram. The label spent two years releasing old Williams-era material until the group's contract elapsed.

Sonny brought "The Platters" back to the pop charts in the 1960's with such hits as "I love you 1000 times", "With This Ring", and "Washed Ashore" as well as re-recording The Platters major hits like "Only You", "The Great Pretender", "The Magic Touch" (recently heard in the "The Nutty Professor II" starring Eddie Murphy).
Sonny was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame located in Cleveland Ohio, Sonny's home town.
Sonny was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his own home town, Cleveland Ohio! In late 1959, Sonny Turner replaced Tony Williams as the lead singer of the original Platters. Chosen out of 100 singers to audition, at the young age of 19, Sonny toured the world with "The Platters" bringing their music to people of all nations Sonny brought The Platters back to the pop charts in the 1960's with such hits as "I love you 1000 times", "With This Ring", and "Washed Ashore"; as well as re-recording The Platters major hits like "Only You", "The Great Pretender", "The Magic Touch" (recently heard in the "The Nutty Professor II" starring Eddie Murphy).

Nick Saban, Football Coach, Fairmont

Nick Lou Saban (born October 31, 1951 in Fairmont, West Virginia) is the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. He is married to Terry Saban (formerly Constable) from West Virginia; they have two children, Nicholas and Kristin.

Assistant football coach

Saban was an assistant coach at Kent State, Syracuse, West Virginia, Ohio State, Navy and Michigan State in NCAA Division I-A, and with the Houston Oilers and Cleveland Browns in the National Football League. Having worked under Bill Belichick in Cleveland, he is considered part of the Parcells-Belichick coaching tree.

Head football coach


Saban was hired to lead the Toledo Rockets in 1990. Coming off of a 6-5 season in both 1988 and 1989, the Rockets found quick success under Nick Saban by going 9-2. The two games that the Rockets lost all season came by narrow margins: one point to Central Michigan, and four points to Navy. With the 9-2 season, Toledo was co-champions of the Mid-American Conference. Saban left Toledo after one season.

Michigan State

Saban arrived in East Lansing, Michigan for the 1995 season.

Louisiana State

In December of 1999, Saban accepted an offer from LSU to become their next head coach.

At the end of the 2004 season, Saban left LSU to coach the Miami Dolphins.

Miami Dolphins

Nick Saban accepted the job of head coach for the Miami Dolphins on Christmas Day, 2004.


Nick Saban announced on January 3, 2007 that he accepted an offer to become Alabama's 27th head coach, following a meeting with Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga.

On January 4, 2007, Nick Saban was officially introduced as the head football coach of The University of Alabama at a press conference on the Alabama campus.

Criticisms and defenses

Saban's decision to return to college football was met with a great deal of criticism from both the NFL and college football realms. Saban was referred to as a "liar," by ESPN's Pat Forde and "shameless" by the Chicago Sun-Times[. Anti-Saban websites appeared practically overnight, created by fans of teams that Saban had formerly coached.

On the other hand, many come in defense of Saban as well. Much of the criticism, particularly with the anti-Saban websites, has come from LSU fans, who now have to compete against their former coach in the SEC West, as well as from the Tide's arch rivals, Auburn University.

On January 4, 2007, Saban met with members of the Miami media following his introductory press conference at the University of Alabama. During an off-the-record portion of this meeting, Saban used the term "coonass" while relaying a story told to him by a member of the LSU board of trustees. It is unclear whether the term was used by the LSU official, then quoted by Saban, or Saban used the term in an effort to put the story in proper context. The term coonass is regarded as a badge of ethnic pride by some members of the cajun community, however it is considered an epithet by others. Therefore, Saban soon explained, "The term in question is not language that I use or condone, and I can understand how some would take offense."

Robert Tinnell, Movie Director, Fairmont

Date of birth: 27 April 1961, Fairmont, West Virginia, USA
Awards: 3 wins & 1 nomination more
Sometimes Credited As: Bob Tinnell

  1. Monster Kid Home Movies (2005) (V) (segment "Scream of the Vampire")
  2. Believe (2000/I)
  3. Airspeed (1998)
  4. Frankenstein and Me (1996)
    ... aka Frankenstein et moi (Canada: French title)
  5. Kids of the Round Table (1995)
  1. Believe (2000/I) (story)
  2. Frankenstein and Me (1996) (story)
    ... aka Frankenstein et moi (Canada: French title)
  3. Kids of the Round Table (1995) (story)
  1. Young Goodman Brown (1993) (producer)
    ... aka Nataniel Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown
  2. South of Reno (1988) (producer)
  3. Surf Nazis Must Die (1987) (producer)
  1. Prison Ship (1988) .... Zombie Alien
    ... aka Adventures of Taura
    ... aka Prison Ship Star Slammer
    ... aka Star Slammer
    ... aka Starslammer
    ... aka Starslammer: The Escape
  2. Surf Nazis Must Die (1987) .... Jake
  1. Armed Response (1986) (production manager: second unit)
    ... aka Jade Jungle
  2. The Tomb (1986) (production manager)
  1. Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror (1994) (TV) (acknowledgment) (as Bob Tinnell)
  1. Kill Me Again (1989) (second unit director)

Fielding Yost, Football Coach, Fairview. 1871-1946

Fielding Harris Yost (April 30, 1871–August 20, 1946) was an American football coach best known for his long tenure at the University of Michigan. He was born in Fairview, West Virginia.

Coaching career

After three single-season stints at Nebraska, Kansas, and Stanford, Yost served as the head football coach for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 1901 through 1923, and again in 1925 and 1926. He was a resounding success at Michigan, winning 165 games, losing only 29, and tying 10 for a winning percentage of .833. Under Yost, Michigan won four straight national championships from 1901-04 and two more in 1918 and 1923.

Yost's first Michigan team in 1901 outscored its opposition by a margin of 550-0 en route to a perfect season and victory in the inaugural Rose Bowl on January 1, 1902 over Stanford, the school Yost had coached the year before. From 1901 to 1904, Michigan did not lose a game, and was tied only once in a legendary game with the University of Minnesota that led to the establishment of the Little Brown Jug, college football's oldest trophy. Before Michigan finally lost a game to Amos Alonzo Stagg's University of Chicago squad at the end of the 1905 season, they had gone 56 straight games without a defeat, the second longest such streak in college football history. During their first five seasons under Yost, Michigan outscored its opponents 2,821 to 42, earning the nickname "Point-a-Minute."


After retiring from coaching, Yost remained at Michigan as the school's athletic director, a position he held until 1942. Under his leadership, Michigan Stadium and Yost Fieldhouse, now Yost Ice Arena, were constructed. Yost invented the position of linebacker, co-created the first ever bowl game, the 1902 Rose Bowl, with then legendary UM athletic director Charles Baird, and invented the fieldhouse concept that bears his name.

Arguably no one has left a larger mark on University of Michigan athletics than Fielding Yost. A longtime football coach and athletic director, his career was marked with great achievements both on and off the field. He reportedly has the most defensive shutouts of any coach in collegiate history and is thus responsible for the Michigan tradition of solid swarming defenses that have made the Wolverines famous and the winningest team in college football history. Yost was also a successful business person, lawyer, author, and a leading figure in pioneering the explosion of college football into a national phenomenon. A devout Christian, he nevertheless was among the first coaches to allow Jewish players on his teams, including star Benny Friedman.

Yost, along with coaches like Alonzo Amos Stagg, and Walter Camp were accused by the Carnegie Foundation of numerous recruiting violation during their tenures at their respective colleges. He was a part of the influx of professional coaches near the turn of the century. The professionalization of coaches that started with Walter Camp at Yale symbolized how "win-oriented" sports were becoming, and Yost symbolized this moreso than many of his peers.

Yost was also known for a series of admonitions to his players beginning with the words, "Hurry up," for example, "Hurry up and be the first man down the field on a punt or kick-off." This inclination earned him the nickname, "Hurry up" Yost. A native of West Virginia, Yost's unusual pronunciation of the school's name, "MEE-she-gan," is affectionately carried on by many Michigan football fans and often referenced by ESPN sportscaster Chris Fowler.

Yost died at age 75 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was among the inaugural class of inductees to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

Frank Gatski, Pr0 Football Player, Farmington. 1919-2005

Frank Gatski (March 13, 1919 – November 22, 2005) was an American football player.

Gatski was born on March 13, 1919 in Farmington, West Virginia.

Gatski attended Marshall University and Auburn University and played as a center and linebacker. In the 1940s and 1950s he played center for the NFL teams Cleveland Browns (1946–56) and Detroit Lions (1957). In 12 seasons, Gatski's teams played for the league title 11 times.

After his playing career, he was a scout for the Boston Patriots and coach for the West Virginia Industrial School for Boys from 1961 to 1982.

He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, in a class that included Joe Namath, Pete Rozelle, O.J. Simpson, and Roger Staubach.

Marshall University retired Gatski's number, #72, on October 15, 2005 during their homecoming game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the first Marshall football player to be so honored.

Gatski died on November 22, 2005 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

On November 18, 2006 the East End Bridge was remamed the Frank Gatski Memorial Bridge during halftime of the Marshall-UTEP football game.

Tunney Hunsaker, Pro Boxer, Fayetteville. 1930-2005

Tunney Morgan Hunsaker (January 1, 1930—April 27, 2005) was the police chief of Fayetteville, West Virginia in 1960 when Hunsaker was Muhammad Ali's (then Cassius Clay) first opponent in a professional boxing bout. Hunsaker lost a six round decision to the young challenger. Both of his eyes were swollen shut by the end of the bout. After the fight Hunsaker said " Clay was as fast as lightining ... I tried every trick I knew to throw at him off balance but he was just too good". In his autobiography, Ali said Hunsaker dealt him one of the hardest body blows he ever took in his career. Ali and Hunsaker became good friends and stayed in touch over the years. Hunsaker said he did not agree with Ali's decision to refuse military service, but praised him as a great humanitarian and athlete.

In his boxing career, Hunsaker was 15-15, and 7 by knockout. His career ended after a head injury in 1962. Hunsaker was in a coma for nine days and suffered the physical effects for the rest of his life. He was 75 when he died after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease.

In his private life, Hunsaker was active in the Oak Hill Church of the Nazarene for many years, teaching a Sunday School class for fifth and sixth grade boys. At the time of his death in 2005, he had been married to wife Patricia for over thirty years.

Hunsaker was the youngest police chief in the history of West Virginia. He was later inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall Of Fame.

Paul Popovich, Pro Baseball Player, Flemington.

Paul Edward Popovich (born August 18, 1940 in Flemington, West Virginia) was an infielder for the Chicago Cubs (1964, 1966-67 and 1969-73), Los Angeles Dodgers (1968-69) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1974-75).

He helped the Pirates win the 1974 and 1975 National League Eastern Division and was nicknamed Supersub for his utility work for the Cubs in 1969. The quality of his contribution did not stop manager Leo Durocher from commenting on one occasion, "Sit down, Paul, we ain't giving up yet."

In 11 seasons he played in 682 Games and had 1,732 At Bats, 176 Runs, 403 Hits, 42 Doubles, 9 Triples, 14 Home Runs, 134 RBI, 4 Stolen Bases, 127 Walks, .233 Batting Average, .286 On-base percentage, .292 Slugging Percentage, 505 Total Bases, 25 Sacrifice Hits, 17 Sacrifice Flies and 14 Intentional Walks.

Lou Holtz, Football Coach, Follansbee

Louis Leo Holtz (born on January 6, 1937 in Follansbee, West Virginia) is a former NCAA football head coach, and is currently an author and a motivational speaker who has spoken to the likes of Fortune 500 companies on topics such as the importance of teamwork and goal setting. Holtz grew up in nearby East Liverpool, Ohio, and graduated from East Liverpool High School. He attended and graduated from Kent State University, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. Holtz led six teams that he helmed as a head football coach to a bowl game within two years of joining each program. To date, Holtz is also the only coach to ever guide four different programs to final top 20 rankings. In 2005 Holtz joined ESPN as a college football analyst.


Holtz's first job as head coach was at William & Mary, then playing in the Southern Conference, starting in 1969. Before becoming head coach at William & Mary, Holtz served as an assistant coach at the University of Iowa (1960), William & Mary (1961-63), Connecticut (1964-65), South Carolina (1966-67), and Ohio State (1968).

In 1970, the Holtz-led Tribe won the Southern Conference title, and played in the Tangerine Bowl—as of 2007 the only bowl game a William & Mary team has ever played in (since Holtz's tenure there, William & Mary has dropped to Division I-AA). In 1972, Holtz moved to North Carolina State University and had a 31-11-2 record in four seasons. His team played in four bowl games, winning two, losing one, and tying one.

After an unsuccessful 13 game tenure (3-10; he resigned with one game remaining in the season), as an NFL head coach with the New York Jets, Holtz went to the University of Arkansas in 1977. In his seven years there, the Razorbacks compiled a 60-21-2 record and reached six bowl games.

In his rookie season with the Razorbacks, he led Arkansas to a berth in the Orange Bowl against Oklahoma, coached by Arkansas alumnus Barry Switzer. The Sooners were in position to win their third national championship in four seasons after top-ranked Texas lost to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl earlier in the day, and Holtz had suspended his team's top two running backs for the Orange Bowl for disciplinary reasons. However, behind 205 yards rushing from reserve running back Roland Sales, the Hogs defeated the Sooners 31-6.

Holtz accepted the head coach job at the University of Minnesota before the 1984 season. The Golden Gophers had won only four games in the previous two seasons but had a winning record in 1985, and was invited to the Independence Bowl, where they defeated Clemson 20 to 13. Holtz did not coach the Gophers in that bowl game, as he had already accepted the head coaching position at Notre Dame.

In 1986, Holtz left Minnesota to take over the then-struggling Notre Dame program and wasted no time turning it around. Although his 1986 squad posted an identical 5-6 mark that the 1985 edition had, five of their six losses were by a combined total of 14 points. In the season finale against archrival USC, the Irish overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit and pulled out a 38-37 win over the stunned Trojans. In his second season, Holtz led the Fighting Irish to an appearance in the Cotton Bowl. The following year, Notre Dame won all their 11 regular season games and defeated third-ranked West Virginia 34-21 in the Fiesta Bowl, claiming the national championship. The 1989 squad also won their first 11 games (and in the process, set a school record with a 23-game winning streak) and remained in the #1 spot all season until losing to Miami in the season finale. A 21-6 win over Colorado in the Orange Bowl gave the Irish a second-place ranking in the final standings. Holtz's 1993 Irish team ended the season with an 11-1 record and ranked second in the final AP poll.

First retirement

Holtz left Notre Dame after the 1996 season and walked away from a lifetime contract for reasons that were never fully disclosed. When pressed, all he would say was that "it was the right thing to do." It is widely believed that concerns about his wife's health (she had been diagnosed with throat cancer) prompted him to step down. There is also speculation that Holtz did not leave on his own accord, but rather was pushed out by then-athletic director Mike Wadsworth. Holtz himself indicated he did not wish to move past Knute Rockne in career victories at Notre Dame (his overall record at Notre Dame was 100-30-2). He was succeeded by defensive coordinator Bob Davie. After two seasons as a commentator for CBS Sports, he came out of retirement in 1999 and returned to South Carolina, where he had been an assistant in the 1960s. Taking over a team that had gone 1-10, his Gamecocks went 0-11 during his first year, but then rebounded to go 8-4 and 9-3 in his second and third seasons and had two victories in the Outback Bowl, both over Ohio State.

Second retirement

On November 18, 2004, Holtz announced that he would retire a second time, at the end of the current season. His retirement was marred by a brawl between South Carolina and Clemson players during a game on November 21, 2004, resulting in the two universities announcing they would decline any post-season bowl game invitations. At the press conference, Holtz commented on the irony that both he and former Ohio State coach Woody Hayes would both be remembered for "getting into a fight at the Clemson game". He was referring to an incident at the 1978 Gator Bowl where Hayes punched a Clemson player in the neck after making an interception.


While Holtz has clearly been a successful coach, his career has been followed with controversy. Minnesota, Notre Dame, and South Carolina were placed on probation shortly after he left. It should be noted that in none of these cases did the NCAA find Holtz culpable.


Holtz is the author of five books. His first, The Fighting Spirit: A Championship Season at Notre Dame, was written with John Heisler and came out in September of 1989. It's an insider account of the 1988 dream season that shocked college football experts.
His next book, The Kitchen Quarterback, came out in 1980. It outlines the basics of the game for beginning football fan.
Then he wrote Winning Every Day , which was published in August 1999 and was a New York Times bestseller.
In it, Holtz writes:"Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it."
He followed this in 2002 with A Teen's Game Plan for Life, which draws on his own experience and determination and encourages teens to be the best they can be.
Most recently, in August 2006, he released his autobiography, Wins, Losses, and Lessons . Holtz details his youth and his greatest wins -- and losses:
"When I die and people realize that I will not be resurrected in three days, they will forget me. That is the way it should be. For reasons known only to God, I was asked to write an autobiography. Most people who knew me growing up didn't think I would ever read a book, let alone write one."
The autobiography is a revealing look into what shaped the child of such humble beginnings into a legendary college football coach and sought-after motivational speaker. His now-famous "Do Right" Rule and other philosophies on making youngsters into people of strong character serve not only as a methodology to his coaching success but a testimony to parenting skills that will stand the test of generation after generation. His life story intertwines with the lives other well-known individuals, such as President Bill Clinton, entertainer Bob Hope, Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher and Steeler legend Jerome Bettis, Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes, golf great Arnold Palmer and Pope John Paul II.

Broadcasting career

Holtz currently works as a College Football analyst for the cable network ESPN. His main duty is to provide analysis for College Gameday Final.

Personal life

Holtz was married to the former Beth Barcus on July 22, 1961. They are parents of four children, three of whom are Notre Dame graduates. Their eldest son, Skip, is currently head football coach at East Carolina.


Dave Augustine, Pro Baseball Player, Follansbee

Dave Augustine was born on Monday, November 28, 1949, in Follansbee, West Virginia. Augustine was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 3, 1973, with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Birth Name:   David Ralph Augustine
Nickname:   Dave
Born On:   11-28-1949
Place of Birth Data Born In:   Follansbee, West Virginia
College:   Miami-Dade Community College
Batting Stances Chart Bats:   Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:   Right
Player Height Chart Height:   6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:   174
First Game:   09-03-1973 (Age 23)
Last Game:   10-02-1974
Draft:   1968 : 33rd Round (729th)

Andrew Summers Rowan, Army Officer, Gap Mills. 1857-1943

1857–1943, American army officer, b. Monroe co., Va. (now W.Va.). At the outbreak (1898) of the Spanish-American War he was sent to communicate with the Cuban revolutionary leader General García y Iñigues in order to find out the strength of the revolutionary army. His exploit was described in Elbert Hubbard’s essay “A Message to Garcia”; Rowan wrote his own account in How I Carried the Message to Garcia (1923). After the war he served in the Philippines and the United States, retiring in 1909.

Ward Hill Lamon, Attroney and Bodyguard for President Licoln, Gerrardstown. 1828-1893

Ward Hill Lamon (January 6, 1828 - May 7, 1893) was a personal friend and frequent bodyguard of the American President Abraham Lincoln. Lamon was famously missing the night Lincoln was assassinated, having been sent by Lincoln to Virginia.

His association with Lincoln started in the 1850s, when he became a law partner and traveled with Lincoln. The two had a law office in Danville, Illinois up until 1858. While Lamon had Southern sympathies and his hatred of abolitionism set him apart from Lincoln, they remained friends, despite their very different characters. Lamon joined the then-young Republican Party and campaigned for Lincoln in 1860.

Lamon was a physically imposing man, and often guarded Lincoln. He accompanied Lincoln when the President-elect sneaked into Washington on a midnight train ride through Baltimore. Lamon later supervised security at the White House and was aware of many death threats against the President. He often slept on the floor outside Lincoln's bedroom door, wrapped in a blanket and armed to the teeth. Lincoln appointed Lamon United States Marshal of the District of Columbia; he served until June 1865. Lamon was not in Washington on the night of Lincoln's assassination, being on assignment in Richmond.

Lamon is known for the re-telling of one of Lincoln's dreams of an assassination, frequently cited as evidence that Lincoln believed in the paranormal. Typically, only a partial account of the dream is offered:

"About ten days ago, I retired very late. I had been up waiting for important dispatches from the front. I could not have been long in bed when I fell into a slumber, for I was weary. I soon began to dream. There seemed to be a death-like stillness about me. Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by the same pitiful sobbing, but the mourners were invisible. I went from room to room; no living person was in sight, but the same mournful sounds of distress met me as I passed along. I saw light in all the rooms; every object was familiar to me; but where were all the people who were grieving as if their hearts would break? I was puzzled and alarmed. What could be the meaning of all this? Determined to find the cause of a state of things so mysterious and so shocking, I kept on until I arrived at the East Room, which I entered. There I met with a sickening surprise. Before me was a catafalque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments. Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards; and there was a throng of people, gazing mournfully upon the corpse, whose face was covered, others weeping pitifully. 'Who is dead in the White House?' I demanded of one of the soldiers, 'The President,' was his answer; 'he was killed by an assassin.' Then came a loud burst of grief from the crowd, which woke me from my dream. I slept no more that night; and although it was only a dream, I have been strangely annoyed by it ever since." (Lamon 1895, 115-116)

It is worth noting that, according to Lamon, Lincoln didn't believe the dream was of his own death:

Once the President alluded to this terrible dream with some show of playful humor. "Hill," said he, "your apprehension of harm to me from some hidden enemy is downright foolishness. For a long time you have been trying to keep somebody—the Lord knows who—from killing me. Don't you see how it will turn out? In this dream it was not me, but some other fellow, that was killed. It seems that this ghostly assassin tried his hand on some one else." (Lamon 1895, 116-117)

Lincoln, of course, was a highly controversial figure, and many people wanted him dead. He was also superstitious, and had other odd dreams throughout his time in the White House. Some contend, therefore, that Lincoln's assassination dream cannot be taken as evidence of prophetic dreams. However, there were eerie similarities between his dream and what actually transpired shortly thereafter, including the fact that Lincoln's body lay in state in the East Room. Further, the fact that Lincoln downplayed to Lamon the significance of the dream does not mean that Lincoln was not deeply troubled by it. His assertion that "it was not me, but some other fellow, that was killed" was illogical, considering that his dream was about the President being assassinated, and he—not some other fellow—was the President.

After Lincoln's death, Lamon published several works about the late President. The most famous is a biography that was largely ghostwritten by Chauncey Black, the son of former Attorney General of the United States Jeremiah Black. The book, published in 1872 by James R. Osgood and Company of Boston under the title "The life of Abraham Lincoln; from his birth to his inauguration as president", contained many revealing allegations and pieces of personal information about Lincoln that were deemed scandalous by nineteenth century society, and it was thus a financial failure. Lamon himself penned a second volume about Lincoln after falling out with Black, though it was deemed to be of poor quality and remains unpublished in the collections of the Huntington Library to this day. Lamon authored several smaller anecdotes and excerpts about Lincoln for newspapers and magazines. Shortly after his death Lamon's daughter collected and edited many of his unpublished writings about Lincoln into a posthumous biography of the president. This book is generally received with higher regard to its authenticity by the scholarly community than the earlier volume by Lamon and Black.

Today, in the town of Danville, Illinois, Lamon's former house is a museum in Lincoln Park that is open to the public during the warmer months.

George Preston Marshall, Former Owner of the Washington Redskins, Grafton. 1896-1969

George Preston Marshall (1896 – 1969) was the long-time owner and president of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL).


Marshall was born in Grafton, West Virginia on October 11, 1896 to Thomas Hildebrand Marshall and Blanche Preston Marshall. In 1932, while he was the owner of a chain of laundries in Washington, DC, founded by his father, he and three other partners were awarded an NFL franchise for Boston. This team became known as the Boston Braves, as they played on the same field as baseball's Boston Braves. Marshall's partners left the team after one season, leaving him in control. In 1936 he moved the team from Braves Field to Fenway Park, changing the team nickname to the Redskins. In 1937 he moved the team to Washington. He was married to film actress-author Corinne Griffith from 1936 to 1958.

Although his team enjoyed great success, Marshall is known more for many of the frills which now mark the modern football game. During the early days of the NFL, college football was more popular. Marshall decided to incorporate elements of the college atmosphere into the pros. Innovations which he introduced include gala halftime shows, a marching band, and a fight song. The Redskins marching band is currently the only one officially sanctioned by any NFL team. The fight song, "Hail to the Redskins" is one of the most famous in the NFL. Marshall also suggested two major rules changes designed to open up the game and increase scoring which were subsequently adopted. One was to allow a forward pass to be thrown by any player who was behind the line of scrimmage at the time at which he released the pass, rather than a minimum of five yards behind the line as had been the previous rule. Another was the move of the goal posts from the end line to the goal line, where they were (and are) located in Canadian football, to encourage the kicking of field goals. This change remained in place for about four decades until NFL goal posts were returned to the end line in the mid-1970s as part of an effort to lessen the influence on the game of kicking specialists, many of whom were by that point foreign-born soccer players frequently derided by self-styled purists.

Marshall did many things to try and endear the team to the people of Washington. During the 1937 season, Marshall rented a train and brought 10,000 fans to New York to watch the team play the New York Giants. These actions paid off, and even today, Redskins fans are considered among the league's most loyal, and some of the most likely to travel in large numbers to away games. The Redskins also hold the NFL record of most consecutively sold out seasons.

In the 1950s, Marshall was the first NFL owner to embrace the new medium of television. He initiated the first network appearances for any NFL team, and built a huge television network to broadcast Redskins games across the South.


According to professor Charles Ross, "For 24 years Marshall was identified as the leading racist in the NFL". Though the league had previously had a sprinkling of black players, just one year after Marshall entered the NFL, blacks were excluded from all its teams. While the rest of the league began signing individual blacks in 1946 and actually drafting blacks in 1949, Marshall held out until 1962 before signing a black player. That only came when Interior Secretary Stewart Udall issued an ultimatum--unless Marshall signed a black player, the government would revoke the Redskins' 30-year lease on the year-old D.C. Stadium (now RFK Stadium), which had been paid for by government money. Marshall's chief response was to make Ernie Davis, Syracuse's all-American running back, his number one draft choice for 1962. Ernie Davis's response was: "I won't play for that S.O.B." He demanded a trade and got one, to Cleveland for All-Pro Bobby Mitchell. Mitchell was the first African American football player to play a game for the Redskins, and he played with the team for several years, initially at running back, but he made his biggest impact at wide receiver.

Ross asserts that Marshall propelled the NFL to institute a "color barrier" akin to that of its baseball brethren. As a result of Marshall's prodding, owners like Art Rooney and the fabled George Halas fell into line. Of course, no one openly admitted that a racial line existed, but it was apparent that it did. Indeed, years later, Halas remained defensive of the thinly veiled policy. "The game," claimed the legendary league founder and coach, "didn't have the appeal to black players at the time." Hence, from 1934 through the 1945 season, blacks, excluded from the NFL, were forced to settle for less than financially-rewarding exhibitions or semi-pro leagues.

An entertaining incident involving Marshall came during the 1940 NFL Championship Game, when the 'Skins lost to the Bears 73-0. A fan began cussing Marshall out. Marshall then got the man's seat number, found he was a season-ticket holder, and denied him tickets the next season. The man turned out to own a building that housed one of Marshall's laundry stores. He refused to renew the lease and kicked Marshall out.[

Marshall suffered a debilitating stroke in 1963, soon after his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He died in October, 1969, and his funeral was held at the National Cathedral in Washington with a huge crowd in attendance. Marshall is buried in Indian Mound Cemetery, Romney, WV.

His legacy includes the George Preston Marshall Foundation which serves the interests of children in the Washington, DC area.


"The Bears are front-runners. Quitters. They are not a second-half team, just a bunch of cry-babies."

"We'll start signing Negroes when the Harlem Globetrotters start signing whites."

"Mr. Marshall was an outspoken foe of the status quo when most were content with it. His fertile imagination and vision brought vital improvements to the structure and presentation of the game. Pro football today does in many ways reflect his personality. It has his imagination, style, zest, dedication, openness, brashness, strength and courage. We all are beneficiaries of what his dynamic personality helped shape over more than three decades." - NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle

"Marshall was totally involved in all aspects of his team’s operation and endured his share of criticism for not integrating his team until being forced to do so in 1962." - Pro Football Hall of Fame, as part of Marshall's qualifications for induction.

Bernard H. Hyman, Movie Producer, Grafton. 1897-1942

Date of birth  20 August 1897, Grafton, West Virginia
Date of death 7 September 1942, Hollywood, California
Awards Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win more
Sometimes Credited As Bernard Hyman / Bernie Hyman

  1. I Take This Woman (1940) (producer) (uncredited)
  2. The Great Waltz (1938) (producer) (uncredited)
  3. Conquest (1937) (producer)
    ... aka Marie Walewska (UK)
  4. Saratoga (1937) (producer)
  5. Camille (1936) (producer) (uncredited)
  6. Tarzan Escapes (1936) (producer) (uncredited)
  7. San Francisco (1936) (producer)
  8. I Live My Life (1935) (producer)
  9. Escapade (1935) (producer)
    ... aka Masquerade
  10. One New York Night (1935) (producer)
    ... aka The Trunk Mystery (UK)
  11. After Office Hours (1935) (producer)
  12. Forsaking All Others (1934) (producer)
  13. The Girl from Missouri (1934) (producer)
    ... aka 100 Per Cent Pure (UK)
    ... aka Born to Be Kissed (USA)
  14. Stamboul Quest (1934) (producer)
  15. Tarzan and His Mate (1934) (producer)
  16. The Cat and the Fiddle (1934) (producer) (uncredited)
  17. The Solitaire Man (1933) (producer) (uncredited)
  18. Hold Your Man (1933) (producer) (uncredited)
  19. The Barbarian (1933) (associate producer)
    ... aka A Night in Cairo (UK)
    ... aka Man of the Nile
    ... aka The Arab
  20. Rasputin and the Empress (1932) (producer) (uncredited)
    ... aka Rasputin the Mad Monk (UK)
  21. Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) (producer) (uncredited)
  1. Confidence (1922) (story)
  2. The Married Flapper (1922) (as Bernard Hyman) (story)
  3. The Black Bag (1922) (adaptation)
  1. That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) (acknowledgment)
  2. The Cat and the Fiddle (1934) (supervisor: retakes) (uncredited)
  1. Morals for Men (1925)

Tom Wilson, cartoonist, Grant Town

Tom Wilson (born August 1, 1931) is an American cartoonist.

Born in Grant Town, Marion County, West Virginia, he is the creator of the comic strip Ziggy, and drew it from 1971 to 1988. After that it was continued by his son, Tom Wilson II.

Mel Street, Country Singer, Grundy. 1933-1978

King Malachi Street (October 21, 1933 – October 21, 1978), commonly known as Mel Street, was an American country music singer.

Street was born in Grundy, West Virginia to a coal mining family in 1933, although his family maintains that he was born in 1935. He began performing on western Virginia and West Virginia radio shows at the age of sixteen. Street subsequently worked as a radio tower electrician in Ohio, and as a nightclub performer in the Niagara Falls area. He moved back to West Virginia in 1963 to open up an auto body shop.

From 1968 to 1972, Street hosted his own show on a Bluefield, West Virginia television station. He recorded his first single "Borrowed Angel" in 1970 for a small regional record label. A larger label, Royal American Records, picked it up in 1972, and it became a top-10 Billboard hit. He recorded the biggest hit of his career, "Lovin' on the Back Streets" in 1973.

Street continued to flourish throughout the mid-1970s, recording several hits, such as "You Make Me Feel More Like a Man," "Forbidden Angel," "I Met a Friend of Yours Today," "If I Had a Cheatin' Heart," and "Smokey Mountain Memories." He signed with Mercury Records in 1978, but he gave in to clinical depression and alcoholism, committing suicide on October 21, 1978, his 45th birthday.

Stoney Cooper, Country Music Preformer, Harmon. 1918-1977

Stoney Cooper (October 16, 1918 - March 22, 1977), was a country musician from Harmon, West Virginia. He played the fiddle and guitar. He was married to Wilma Lee Leary, and they had one daughter, Carol Lee Cooper.

While in high school, Cooper was a member of the Leary Family Singers.

Recorded for Rich-R-Tone, Hickory Records, Decca, and Columbia Records.

Vern Bickford, Pro Baseball Player, Berwind. 1920-1960

Vernon Edgell (Vern) Bickford (August 17, 1920 - May 6, 1960) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played with the Braves in Boston (1948-52) and Milwaukee (1953), and for the Baltimore Orioles (1954). Born in Hellier, Kentucky and raised in Berwind, McDowell County, West Virginia, he batted and threw right handed.

In a seven-season career, Bickford posted a 66-57 record with 450 strikeouts and a 3.71 ERA in 1076.1 innings pitched.

Bickford reached the major leagues with the Boston Braves in 1948 and played on their pennant-winning team. He finished with an 11-5 mark and a 3.27 ERA but lost to the Cleveland Indians in his only World Series appearance.

In 1949, Bickford went 16-11 and made the National League All-Star team. His most productive season came in 1950, when he went 19-14 and led the NL in games started (39), complete games (27), innings pitched (311.2) and batters faced (1,325). The high point of his career was his no-hitter game against the Brooklyn Dodgers on August 11. He struck out slugger Duke Snider for the final out of the game, with what Brickford later described as "the prettiest curveball I ever threw".

Bickford broke a finger in 1951 and never regained all of his prior form. He played for the Braves when the team moved to Milwaukee before the 1953 season. In 1954 he was sold to the Baltimore Orioles, but a pinched nerve in his throwing arm and an eventual elbow surgery shortened his career. In 1955, he unsuccessfully tried a brief comeback with the Triple-A Richmond Virginians in the International League.

Following his playing career, Bickford worked as an automobile dealer, a travelling salesman and a carpenter. He died of cancer in Concord, Virginia, at age of 39.

Doran Cox, Movie Movie Director, Hinton. 1881-1957

Date of birth 12 April 1881, Hinton, West Virginia
Date of death 2 May 1957, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Sometimes Credited As Doran H. Cox / Dorian Cox
  1. "Stage 7" (assistant director) (1 episode, 1955)
        - The Greatest Man in the World (1955)
    TV Episode (assistant director)
  2. "Mr. & Mrs. North" (assistant director) (2 episodes, 1952)
        - The Nobles (1952)
    TV Episode (assistant director)
        - Weekend Murder (1952)
    TV Episode (assistant director)
  3. A Woman's Secret (1949) (assistant director)
  4. Vacation in Reno (1946) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  5. Sunset Pass (1946) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  6. Bedlam (1946) (assistant director) (as Dorian Cox)
  7. A Game of Death (1945) (assistant director)
  8. Bombardier (1943) (second unit director) (uncredited)
  9. Cat People (1942) (assistant director)
  10. Call Out the Marines (1942) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  11. Lady Scarface (1941) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  12. Hurry, Charlie, Hurry (1941) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  13. They Met in Argentina (1941) (assistant director)
  14. Let's Make Music (1941) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  15. I'm Still Alive (1940) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  16. Men Against the Sky (1940) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  17. Pop Always Pays (1940) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  18. You Can't Fool Your Wife (1940) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  19. Millionaire Playboy (1940) (assistant director) (uncredited)
    ... aka Glamour Boy (UK)
  20. The Saint's Double Trouble (1940) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  21. Sued for Libel (1939) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  22. The Day the Bookies Wept (1939) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  23. Boy Slaves (1939) (assistant director)
  24. You Can't Beat Love (1937) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  25. The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  26. The Big Game (1936) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  27. Muss 'em Up (1936) (assistant director) (uncredited)
    ... aka Sinister House (UK)
    ... aka The House of Fate (UK)
  28. Another Face (1935) (assistant director) (uncredited)
    ... aka It Happened in Hollywood (UK)
  29. The Return of Peter Grimm (1935) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  30. The Nitwits (1935) (second assistant director) (uncredited)
  31. Enchanted April (1935) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  32. Bachelor Bait (1934) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  33. We're Rich Again (1934) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  34. Let's Try Again (1934) (assistant director) (uncredited)
    ... aka The Marriage Symphony (UK)
  35. Double Harness (1933) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  36. Sweepings (1933) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  37. Topaze (1933/I) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  38. Thirteen Women (1932) (second assistant director) (uncredited)
  39. Are These Our Children (1931) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  40. Smart Woman (1931) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  41. Cimarron (1931) (assistant director) (uncredited)
  42. Collegiate (1926) (assistant director)
  43. Her Honor, the Governor (1926) (assistant director)
    ... aka The Second Mrs. Fenway
  44. Bigger Than Barnum's (1926) (assistant director)
  45. Flame of the Argentine (1926) (assistant director)
  46. The Impostor (1926) (assistant director)
  47. Secret Orders (1926) (assistant director)
  48. Is That Nice? (1926) (assistant director)
  49. The Red Lily (1924) (assistant director)
  50. Rose o' the Sea (1922) (assistant director)
  51. The Three Musketeers (1921) (assistant director)
  52. Happy Though Married (1919) (assistant director) (as Doran H. Cox)
  53. Fuss and Feathers (1918) (assistant director) (as Doran H. Cox)
  54. The Law of the North (1918) (assistant director)
  1. Just in Time (1929)
  2. Stepping High (1929)
  3. Double Trouble (1929)
  4. Dodging Danger (1929)
  5. Cleaning Up (1929)
  6. The Knight Watch (1929)
  7. A Hurry-Up Marriage (1928)
  8. The Trackless Trolley (1928)
  9. Her Haunted Heritage (1928)
  10. Money! Money! Money! (1928)
  11. Special Edition (1928)
  12. Social Lions (1928)
  13. Mistakes Will Happen (1928)
  14. So This Is Sapp Center? (1928)
  15. Scrambled Honeymoon (1927)
  16. Hot Stuff (1927)
  17. Monkey Shines (1927)

Jack Warhop, Pro Baseball Player, Hinton. 1884-1960

John Milton Warhop (July 4, 1884 - October 4, 1960) born in Hinton, West Virginia was a pitcher for the New York Highlanders/New York Yankees (1908-15).

Warhop led the American League in hit batsmen in 1909 (26) and 1910 (18). He led the American League in home runs allowed in 1914 (8) and 1915 (7). His 114 career hit batsmen is a Yankees team record and ranks 37th on the MLB All-Time Hit Batsmen List. He also holds the Yankees single season record for most hit batsmen (26 in 1909).

Warhop died in Freeport, Illinois.

John Davis Chandler, Movie Actor, Hinton

Date of birth 28 January 1937, Hinton, West Virginia, USA

Sometimes Credited As John D. Chandler / John Chandler
  1. "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" .... Flith (1 episode, 1998)
    ... aka DS9 (USA: promotional abbreviation)
    ... aka Deep Space Nine (USA: short title)
    ... aka Star Trek: DS9 (USA: short title)
        - Honor Among Thieves (1998)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Flith
  2. "Walker, Texas Ranger" .... Homeless Man (1 episode, 1996)
        - Cyclone (1996)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Homeless Man
  3. "Chicago Hope" .... Mr. Ray (1 episode, 1995)
        - The Ethics of Hope (1995)
    TV Episode .... Mr. Ray
  4. Carnosaur 2 (1995) .... Zeb
  5. "ER" .... Thornberg (1 episode, 1995)
        - The Birthday Party (1995)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Thornberg
  6. Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994) .... Henry
    ... aka Phantasm III (UK: video title)
    ... aka Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead - The Never Dead Part III (Australia: video box title)
    ... aka Phantasm III: The Third Power (Philippines: English title)
    ... aka Phantasm: Lord of the Dead
  7. "In the Heat of the Night" .... Barton Stone (1 episode, 1993)
        - A Baby Called Rockett (1993)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Barton Stone
  8. "Renegade" (1 episode, 1993)
        - The Two Renos (1993)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler)
  9. Body of Evidence (1993) (as John Chandler) .... Dr. Novaro
    ... aka Body of Evidence (Canada: English title)
    ... aka Deadly Evidence
  10. Inside Out II (1992) (V) (as John Chandler) .... segment 'The Freak'
    ... aka Double Vision (UK)
  11. Trancers II (1991) .... Wino #1
    ... aka Future Cop II
    ... aka Trancers II: The Return of Jack Deth (USA: video box title)
    ... aka Trancers II: The Two Faces of Death
  12. Only the Lonely (1991) (as John Chandler) .... Tyrone
  13. Crash and Burn (1990) (V) .... Bud
  14. Double Revenge (1990) .... Big Charlie
  15. "Simon & Simon" .... Arnie Roberts / ... (3 episodes, 1984-1988)
        - Bad Betty (1988)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Harry Brookmueller
        - For Old Crime's Sake (1987)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Charlie
        - What Goes Around Comes Around (1984)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Arnie Roberts
  16. Adventures in Babysitting (1987) (as John Chandler) .... Bleak
    ... aka A Night on the Town (UK)
  17. Love Among Thieves (1987) (TV) .... Hotel clerk
  18. "Hunter" (1 episode, 1986)
        - Death Machine (1986)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler)
  19. "Murder, She Wrote" .... Gilbert Stoner / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
        - Trial by Error (1986)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... John Detweiler
        - Murder Takes the Bus (1985)
    TV Episode .... Gilbert Stoner
  20. "Matt Houston" .... Hank / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1985)
        - Company Secrets (1985)
    TV Episode .... Roman Petrovich
        - The Good Doctor (1982)
    TV Episode .... Hank
  21. "Hill Street Blues" .... Harvey Foster (1 episode, 1984)
        - Ewe and Me, Babe (1984)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Harvey Foster
  22. "T.J. Hooker" .... Waylon Gilbert (1 episode, 1984)
        - Psychic Terror (1984)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Waylon Gilbert
  23. The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) .... Guard #1
  24. Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1982) (as John Chandler) .... Mason
    ... aka Triunfo de un hombre llamado Caballo, El (Spain)
  25. "Fantasy Island" .... Barker / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1981)
        - Perfect Husband, The/Volcano (1981)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Barker
        - Hard Knocks/Lady Godiva (1981)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Eddie Gunn
        - The Prince/The Sheriff (1978)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Ed Larson
  26. "Flamingo Road" (1 episode, 1981)
        - The Hostages (1981)
    TV Episode
  27. The Little Dragons (1980) (as John Chandler) .... Carl
    ... aka Dragons (UK: video title)
    ... aka Karate Kids USA
  28. "B.J. and the Bear" .... Marsh (1 episode, 1980)
        - Bear Bondage (1980)
    TV Episode .... Marsh
  29. "The Incredible Hulk" .... Eric (1 episode, 1979)
        - Behind the Wheel (1979)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Eric
  30. "Lucan" (1 episode, 1978)
        - You Can't Have My Baby (1978)
    TV Episode
  31. "Police Woman" .... Nolan (1 episode, 1977)
        - Guns (1977)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Nolan
  32. Whiskey Mountain (1977) (as John Chandler) .... Rudy
  33. The Shadow of Chikara (1977) (as John Chandler) .... Rafe
    ... aka Demon Mountain
    ... aka Diamond Mountain (USA)
    ... aka Shadow Mountain (USA: reissue title)
    ... aka The Ballad of Virgil Cane
    ... aka The Curse of Demon Mountain
    ... aka Thunder Mountain
    ... aka Wishbone Cutter
  34. "Quincy M.E." .... Robert Gideon (1 episode, 1977)
    ... aka Quincy (International: English title: informal title)
        - ...The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone... (1977)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Robert Gideon
  35. Chesty Anderson, USN (1976) .... Don Cheech
    ... aka Anderson's Angels
    ... aka Chesty Anderson, US Navy
  36. Scorchy (1976) .... Nicky
  37. Mako: The Jaws of Death (1976) .... Charlie
    ... aka Killer Jaws (Philippines: English title)
    ... aka The Jaws of Death
  38. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) (as John Chandler) .... Bounty hunter #1
  39. Doc Hooker's Bunch (1976) .... Roy
  40. Walking Tall Part II (1975) (as John Chandler) .... Ray Henry
    ... aka Legend of the Lawman (UK)
    ... aka Part 2, Walking Tall
    ... aka Walking Tall, Part II: The Legend of Buford Pusser (USA: long title)
  41. Capone (1975) .... Hymie Weiss
  42. The Desperate Miles (1975) (TV) .... Truck driver
  43. "Police Story" .... Lou Denbo (1 episode, 1975)
        - War Games (1975)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Lou Denbo
  44. "Lincoln" (1 episode, 1974)
    ... aka Sandburg's Lincoln (USA: complete title)
        - The Unwilling Warrior (1974)
    TV Episode
  45. The Ultimate Thrill (1974) .... Evans
    ... aka The Ultimate Chase
  46. The Take (1974) (as John Chandler)
  47. "Gunsmoke" .... Rogers / ... (2 episodes, 1973-1974)
    ... aka Gun Law (UK)
    ... aka Marshal Dillon (USA: rerun title)
        - Cowtown Hustler (1974)
    TV Episode .... Willie Tomsen
        - Shadler (1973)
    TV Episode .... Rogers
  48. Columbo: Publish or Perish (1974) (TV) (as John Chandler) .... Eddie Kane
  49. "The Rookies" .... Prisoner (1 episode, 1974)
        - Trial by Doubt (1974)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Prisoner
  50. "Cannon" (1 episode, 1973)
        - Arena of Fear (1973)
    TV Episode
  51. "Toma" (1 episode, 1973)
        - Frame-Up (1973)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler)
  52. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) (as John Chandler) .... Norris
  53. Chase (1973) (TV) .... Thomas L. Traylor
  54. "Adam-12" .... Robin Sayde / ... (3 episodes, 1971-1973)
        - Killing Ground (1973)
    TV Episode .... Steve Deal
        - The Radical (1971)
    TV Episode .... Robin Sayde
        - Log 16: A Child in Danger (1971)
    TV Episode .... Wally Barstow
  55. Moon of the Wolf (1972) (TV) .... Tom Gurmandy Jr.
  56. Shoot Out (1971) (as John Chandler) .... Skeeter
  57. O'Hara, U.S. Treasury (1971) (TV) .... Al Garver, the Henchman
    ... aka O'Hara, U.S. Treasury: Operation Cobra (USA)
  58. Hitched (1971) (TV) (uncredited) .... Top-hatted railroad worker
    ... aka Westward the Wagon (UK)
  59. Drag Racer (1971) .... Dave
  60. Barquero (1970) .... Fair, Remy Gang
  61. The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969) .... Deuce (Waco gang)
  62. The Hooked Generation (1968) .... Acid
    ... aka Alligator Alley
  63. "Judd for the Defense" .... Czawicki (2 episodes, 1968)
        - Fall of a Skylark: Part 2 - The Appeal (1968)
    TV Episode (as John D. Chandler) .... Czawicki
        - Fall of a Skylark: Part 1 - The Trial (1968)
    TV Episode (as John D. Chandler) .... Czawicki
  64. "The High Chaparral" .... Kid Curry (1 episode, 1967)
        - The Doctor from Dodge (1967)
    TV Episode .... Kid Curry
  65. "Felony Squad" .... Lou Mason (1 episode, 1967)
        - The Savage Streets (1967)
    TV Episode .... Lou Mason
  66. Return of the Gunfighter (1967) .... Sundance
    ... aka Wyatt
  67. "The Fugitive" .... Kenny / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1967)
        - Run the Man Down (1967)
    TV Episode (as John D. Chandler) .... Kenny
        - The Other Side of the Mountain (1963)
    TV Episode (as John D. Chandler) .... Quimby
  68. "A Man Called Shenandoah" .... Cassidy (1 episode, 1965)
        - Survival (1965)
    TV Episode .... Cassidy
  69. Once a Thief (1965) .... James Arthur Sargatanas, Walter's Henchman
    ... aka Tueurs de San Francisco, Les (France)
  70. Major Dundee (1965) .... Jimmy Lee Benteen
  71. Those Calloways (1965) .... Ollie Gibbons
  72. "The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters" .... Dick McBride (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
        - The Day of the Picnic (1964)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Dick McBride
        - The Day of the First Trail (1963)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Dick McBride
  73. "Empire" .... Aflen (1 episode, 1963)
    ... aka Big G (UK)
        - Seven Days on Rough Street (1963)
    TV Episode .... Aflen
  74. "Combat!" .... American sergeant (1 episode, 1962)
        - Missing in Action (1962)
    TV Episode (uncredited) .... American sergeant
  75. "The Virginian" .... Dog (1 episode, 1962)
    ... aka The Men from Shiloh (USA: new title)
        - The Brazen Bell (1962)
    TV Episode .... Dog
  76. "Route 66" .... Frank (1 episode, 1962)
        - Journey to Nineveh (1962)
    TV Episode .... Frank
  77. Ride the High Country (1962) .... Jimmy Hammond
    ... aka Guns in the Afternoon (UK)
  78. "The Rifleman" (1 episode, 1962)
        - The Executioner (1962)
    TV Episode
  79. "The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor" .... Starr (1 episode, 1962)
    ... aka Robert Taylor's Detectives (new title)
    ... aka The Detectives
    ... aka The Detectives, Starring Robert Taylor
        - Never the Twain (1962)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Starr
  80. "The Dick Powell Show" .... Kelso (1 episode, 1961)
    ... aka The Dick Powell Theatre (USA: new title)
        - Ricochet (1961)
    TV Episode (as John Chandler) .... Kelso
  81. The Young Savages (1961) .... Arthur Reardon
  82. Mad Dog Coll (1961) .... Vincent (Mad Dog) Coll

Brad Dourif, Movie Actor, Huntington

Bradford Claude Dourif (March 18, 1950, Huntington, West Virginia) is an American Academy Award nominated actor with a popular reputation for playing deranged or unbalanced character roles. Director Werner Herzog has called him "one of the greatest living actors".

He was formerly married to businesswoman and self-proclaimed psychic Joni Dourif with whom he has two daughters, Kristina and Fiona. He is the uncle of Nat Friedman.


His father owned and operated a dye factory, and died in 1953. His mother remarried champion golfer Bill Campbell, who helped raise him and his five siblings (three sisters and two brothers). From 1963 to 1965, Dourif attended Aiken Preparatory School in Aiken, South Carolina. There he pursued his interests in art and acting. Although he briefly considered becoming an artist, he eventually settled on the path to becoming an actor. This was inspired by his mother's participation as an actress in a community theater.

Early career

Starting in school productions, he progressed to community theater, joining up with the Huntington Community Players, while attending Marshall University of Huntington. At age 19, he quit his hometown college and headed to New York City, where he worked with the Circle Repertory Company. During the early 1970s, Dourif appeared in a number of plays, off-Broadway and at Woodstock, New York, including The Ghost Sonata, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, and When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, in which he was spotted by director Miloš Forman who cast him in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975).

Although this film is frequently cited as his film debut, in fact, Dourif made his first big-screen appearance with a bit part in W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975). Nevertheless, his portrayal of the vulnerable Billy Bibbit in Forman's film was undoubtedly his big break, earning him a Golden Globe (Best Actor Debut) and a British Academy Award (Supporting Actor): he was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Skeptical of his instant stardom, Dourif returned to New York, where he continued in theater and taught acting and directing classes at Columbia University until 1988 when he moved to Hollywood.

Film & Television

Despite his attempts to avoid typecasting, he frequently plays demented, deranged, or disturbed characters, starting in Eyes of Laura Mars (1978), John Huston's Wise Blood (1979), and Forman's Ragtime (1981). Dourif then teamed up with director David Lynch for Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986).

He has appeared in a number of horror films, notably as the voice of the evil doll Chucky in Child's Play (1988) and its sequels. Dourif broke from the horror genre with roles in Fatal Beauty (1987), Mississippi Burning (1988), Hidden Agenda (1990), and London Kills Me (1991). He also played Gríma in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

On television, Dourif appeared in the Babylon 5 episode "Passing Through Gethsemane", in the early X-Files episode "Beyond the Sea" as condemned serial killer Luther Lee Boggs, in the first season of Millennium as Dennis Hoffman, and in Oliver Stone's Wild Palms. He played Lon Suder, a murdering psychopath who eventually redeems himself, in a three-episode story arc on Star Trek: Voyager. He appeared as Saavedro in Myst III: Exile (2001), the third game in the popular Myst franchise. He plays Doc Cochran in the HBO series Deadwood.

Dourif was cast for the role of The Scarecrow who was set to appear in Batman Forever, whilst Tim Burton was attached to the project. However, Burton who was unhappy with the script, instead decided to use The Riddler as the main villain.

According to Rob Zombie's official site, Brad Dourif will next be seen playing Sheriff Brackett in his adaptation/prequel, Halloween.


  • Plays the didgeridoo, an Australian musical instrument.
  • Appeared in the music video for Toto's "Stranger in Town".
  • Played music with the Deviants
  • Made five trips to New Zealand while the Lord of the Rings trilogy was being filmed. He had to shave his eyebrows off each time.
  • Dourif appeared in a 1987 episode of Miami Vice in which, coincidentally, Helena Bonham Carter made her television debut.

Selected Filmography

Year Title Role Other notes
1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Billy Bibbit Academy Award Nomination
1979 Wise Blood  
1980 Heaven's Gate  
1981 Ragtime Younger Brother
1984 Dune The Mentat Piter De Vries
1986 Blue Velvet Raymond  
1987 Fatal Beauty Leo Nova  
1988 Child's Play Charles Lee Ray (Chucky)  
  Mississippi Burning    
1990 Child's Play 2 Chucky (voice only)
  Spontaneous Combustion Sam
  Graveyard Shift Tucker Cleveland, The Exterminator
  The Exorcist III The Gemini Killer
1991 Child's Play 3 Chucky (voice only)
1994 'Color of Night    
1995 Death Machine Dante  
1995 Escape to Witch Mountain    
1997 Alien: Resurrection Dr. Gediman
1998 Senseless    
  Urban Legend (film) Michael McDonnell, gas station attendant (uncredited)
  Bride of Chucky Chucky (voice only)
2001 Myst III: Exile Saavedro
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gríma Wormtongue  
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Gríma Wormtongue (extended version only)
2004 Seed of Chucky Chucky (voice only)
2007 Sinner Caddie
2007 Halloween (2007 film) Sheriff Brackett


  • The X-Files - Beyond the Sea as Luther Lee Boggs
  • Deadwood - as Doc Cochran
  • Star Trek: Voyager - as Lon Suder

Rick Reed, Pro Baseball Player, Huntington

Richard Allen Reed (born August 16, 1964 in Huntington, West Virginia) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1988-1991), Kansas City Royals (1992-1993), Texas Rangers (1993-1994), Cincinnati Reds (1995), New York Mets (1997-2001) and Minnesota Twins (2001-2003). He batted and threw right handed.

Reed was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 26th round of the 1986 amateur draft. He made his major league debut for Pittsburgh in 1988, but saw only limited playing time each year through 1991. After 1991, he spent several years in the minors. 1995 was his tenth year of pro ball and he agreed to be a replacement player for the Cincinnati Reds during the 1994 Major League Baseball strike. After the strike, he was recalled by Cincinnati to the consternation of several of his teammates who had gone on strike. Reed did not pitch well and was released.

In 1997, Reed found his major league stride with the New York Mets, going 13-9 and ending sixth in the National League with a 2.89 ERA for the New York Mets. His most productive season came in 1998, when he won 16 games and held a 3.48 ERA, striking out 153 batters while walking just 29. An All-Star in 1998 and 2001, he also was a member of the Mets team that faced the New York Yankees in the Subway Series.

Reed was traded by the Mets to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Matt Lawton in the 2001 midseason. He won 15 games for Minnesota in 2002 and retired in 2003 after going 6-12.

In a 15-season majors career, Reed posted a 93-76 record with 970 strikeouts and a 4.03 ERA.

In 2005, Reed returned to Marshall University as the pitching coach for the Thundering Herds baseball team.

Buddy Starcher, Country Entertainer, Ripley. 1906-2001

b. 1906 d. November 02, 2001

Singer, songwriter and radio and television personality Buddy Starcher died Friday (Nov. 2, 2001) at a nursing home in Harrisonburg, Va. He was 95.
Starcher had two national country hits, both with his own compositions: "I’ll Still Write Your Name in the Sand," which went to No. 8 in 1949
on the 4 Star label, and "History Repeats Itself," which rose to No. 2 in 1966 on Boone Records. The latter compared the similarities between
the deaths of presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Fans of the late Keith Whitley may recognize Starcher’s name from the
1991 RCA album Kentucky Bluebird. The opening cut of the album features an undated segment taken from Starcher’s popular morning show on
WCHS-TV, Charleston, W. Va., in which the seven- or eight-year-old Whitley sings "You Win Again." Starcher himself introduces Whitley.

Oby Edgar Starcher was born March 16, 1906, near Ripley, W. Va. He learned to play guitar under the tutelage of his father, an old-time
fiddler. Starcher took his first job as a radio performer in 1928 at station WFBR in Baltimore. He began writing his own songs -- often
about current events -- and over the next several years worked at stations in Washington, D. C., North Carolina, Virginia, Iowa,
Pennsylvania and his home state. Red Sovine, a fellow West Virginian, counted Starcher as one of his influences, as did such other
entertainers as Mac Wiseman, Lee Moore, Sleepy Jeffers and Smiley Sutter.

In the early 1950s, Starcher turned from radio to television, working at outlets in Miami and Harrisonburg. His show on WCHS-TV ran from 1960
to 1966. Following the success of "History Repeats Itself," Starcher moved briefly to Nashville and then on to television work in Florida,
New York and Texas. He retired in 1976, intially settling near Craigsville, W. Va., and then moving back to Harrisonburg in 1993.

Historian Ivan Tribe notes that despite Starcher’s prominence in radio, he did not begin recording until 1946, when he affiliated with 4 Star.
Among the other labels he recorded for were Columbia, Deluxe, Starday, Boone and Bear Family. The artist’s life story, written by Robert Cagle
and aptly titled Buddy Starcher Biography, was published in 1986.Starcher is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Ann, a stepson and a
sister. He was buried at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

Steve Rollins, Songwriter, Keyser. 1943-1973

Walter E. "Jack" Rollins was a resident of Keyser, West Virginia and along with Steve Nelson co-wrote Frosty the Snowman in 1950 and Peter Cottontail in 1949. Jack also wrote Smokey the Bear and co-wrote many country songs for artists such as Hank Snow and Eddy Arnold.

Jack died on January 1, 1973, and is buried in Queens Point Memorial Cemetery, Keyser, West Virginia.

"Frosty the Snowman," which was written in 1950, was in several ways an imaginative echo of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" which appeared the year before. Like Rudolph, Frosty was a magical new Christmas character who evoked both delight and sadness. Frosty brought much joy to the children who put the old silk hat on his head, thus bringing him to life. There also were some tears shed when Frosty began to melt away and had to leave. But his promise to return ended the tale with the anticipation of renewed friendship. Like Rudolph, his appearance was expected to be annual.

The perennial nature of Frosty has greatly aided his public acceptance and commercial success. The clever story by Walter E. "Jack" Rollins (1906-1973) and the rather good melody by Steve Edward Nelson (1907 - ) of course are the key building blocks of "Frosty's" tremendous popularity (New Yorkers Rollins and Nelson also developed another musical holiday character, "Peter Cottontail" (1949), which is the best-known Easter personality.)

Also like Rudolph, Frosty has been aggressively merchandised and has had three television specials to help sustain Frosty in the mind's eye of millions. [Since the original writing, a fourth special has been added.] In 1969, Jimmy Durante narrated an excellent cartoon version of Frosty's birth, life, and demise. Variant adventures of Frosty were presented in the 1979 program, Frosty's Winter Wonderland, presided over by Andy Griffith, and in Rudolph and Frosty [rebroadcast as Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July]. [Plus Frosty Returns] But all the borrowing between Rudolph and Frosty was no one-sided. When the most successful television program about Rudolph was put on the air in 1964, the jolly host of the show was none other than a snowman! [Burl Ives]

John Kruk, Pro Baseball Player, Keyser

John Martin Kruk (born February 9, 1961 in Charleston, West Virginia, raised in Keyser, West Virginia in Mineral County the state's Eastern Panhandle) is an American former Major League Baseball player. He played baseball at Keyser High School in Keyser, West Virginia, at Potomac State College, and at Allegany Community College, He began his professional career with the San Diego Padres after being drafted in 1981. He played in such outposts as Walla Walla, Reno, Beaumont, and Las Vegas, before making his debut with the Padres in 1986.

The portly outfielder was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies during the 1989 season, and he blossomed into an All-Star as the team used him primarily at first base. Kruk played in the All-Star Game in 1991, 1992, and 1993. In 1993, he had a memorable at bat when he flailed wildly at 98 mile per hour fastballs from Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson. Johnson's initial "Mr. Snappy" pitch was so far inside and above his head that the intimidated Kruk (acting like he was about to have a heart attack) backed up seemingly into the on-deck circle for the remainder of this plate appearance.

Kruk, who batted .316/.430/.475 in 1993, was also the leader of the Phillies' "Macho Row" which led the team to the World Series against the Toronto Blue Jays; in the losing effort, Kruk batted .348/.500/.391 in the Series.

During spring training in 1994, Kruk was diagnosed with testicular cancer after an errant pickoff throw from teammate Mitch Williams hit him in the groin and broke his protective cup. Additionally, weight gain and the astroturf at Veterans Stadium exacerbated his knee problems. After the 1994 season, Kruk was granted free agency.

Moving to the American League to serve as a designated hitter, Kruk signed with the Chicago White Sox. He was effective with the "pale hose", batting .308/.399/.390, but he was tired of the game. On July 30, 1995, Kruk singled and took himself out of the game. He left the ballpark never to play again. He finished his 10-year career with exactly a .300 batting average and exactly 100 home runs.

A quotable character throughout his career who later wrote a book called I Ain't an Athlete, Lady published in 1994, Kruk turned to broadcasting and commenting on the game. He has since worked for FOX, The Best Damn Sports Show Period, and local telecasts in Philadelphia. In 2004, he was hired by ESPN as an analyst on Baseball Tonight. He also writes a column called Chewing the Fat on ESPN.com.

Rather than be self-conscious about his decidedly non-athletic-looking body, Kruk would often joke about it. He once quipped that he needed two hands to haul ass. He also joked that the number he wore on the back of his uniform (#8) was actually his portrait. He has recently appeared in commercials for Nutrisystem with other retired athletes. In the commercials, he claims a weight loss of 32 pounds.

  • May 6, 2006 John Kruk Field was dedicated at Keyser High School in Keyser, West Virginia. John threw out the first pitch at the new field in a game against Beall High School.
  • Provided funding for improvements to little league baseball fields in his hometown of Keyser, West Virginia.
  • He has one testicle (the other was removed as a result of surgery to treat testicular cancer), hence the nickname One Nut Kruk. Presumably this is not an over-the-airwaves "Bermanism". (John "I Am Not A" Kruk is, however.)
  • Typical of Kruk's (and Phils) roughcut style in the 1993 season, Kruk tore the seat of his pants in a hard slide during the final playoff game against Atlanta. He refused to change and wore the torn pants for the rest of the game. During the 1993 World Series, Kruk wore the same pants (with the tear sewn up), possibly for good luck.
  • New Yorker baseball analyst Roger Angell speaks of Kruk's "batting and fielding and running the bases like a teenager", and of his "amiable back-fence chats" with opponents who come to rest on first base. He says Kruk's batting stance, with the bat held almost bolt upright, makes him look like a surveyor.
  • The title of his book comes from a time when a woman chided him for smoking, being overweight, and being a poor example of a professional athlete. Kruk's response: "I ain't an athlete, lady, I'm a ballplayer!"
  • He was hit by a pitch only twice in his career.
  • Parents: Frank "Moe" Kruk and Lena Kruk of Keyser, West Virginia.
  • Has three older brothers, Thomas Kruk of Ravenswood, West Virginia, Larry Kruk of Maryland, and Joe Kruk of Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Currently resides in Mount Laurel, NJ with his wife, Melissa Kruk (nee McLoughlin), former Miss New Jersey 1999.

Bimbo Coles, Pro Baseball Player, Lewisburg

Vernell Eufaye ("Bimbo") Coles (born April 22, 1968 in Covington, Virginia) is a retired American basketball player. Was a standout at Greenbrier East High School in Lewisburg, West Virginia. While at Virginia Tech, he was a member of the United States 1988 Olympic basketball team. His NBA career started and ended with the Miami Heat, and stints with the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics. He was utilised primarily as a backup point guard.

He is currently an assistant coach for the Miami Heat.

Coles received his nickname ‘Bimbo’ from a cousin in reference to a country music song.

Was traded by the Sacramento Kings to the Miami Heat for veteran guard Rory Sparrow after the 1990 NBA Draft.

Was a high school outfielder selected by the California Angels in the 53rd round of the June 1990 Major League Baseball Draft.

Willie Clay, Pro Football Player, Wheeling

Willie Clay (b. September 5, 1970) is a former NFL player whose career led to stints with the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, and the New Orleans Saints. The peak of his career was with the New England in 1997, when they went to Super Bowl XXXI, and lost to the Green Bay Packers.

Clay attended Linsly High School in Wheeling, West Virginia where he earned twelve letters playing football, basketball, and baseball.

At Georgia Tech, he had gotten 16 interceptions to break the school record, playing strong safety.

Shane Burton, Pro Football Player, Logan 

Franklin Shane Burton
Position: DE/DT
Height: 6' 6'' Weight: 305
Born: 1/18/1974, in Logan, WV, USA
High School: Bandys (Catawba, NC) College: Tennessee

NFL Seasons: 9
Drafted by in 1996 (5/18)
Acquired as a free agent in 2006.

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William Anderson Hatfield, Hatfied/McCoy Feud, Island Creek, Logan County. 1839-1921

The Hatfield-McCoy feud (1878–1891) is an account of American lore that has become a metaphor for bitterly feuding rival parties in general. It has been described as an Appalachian Capulet-Montague rivalry involving two warring families of the West Virginia-Kentucky backcountry along the Tug Fork River, off the Big Sandy River.

Family origins

The Hatfields lived on the West Virginia side of the Tug Fork, and the McCoys lived on the Kentucky side. Both families were part of the first wave of pioneers to settle the Tug Valley. Both were involved in the manufacture and sale of moonshine. Both apparently were involved in pro-Confederate guerrilla activity during the American Civil War. The Hatfields were led by William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield (1839–1921). The McCoys were led by Randolph "Ole Ran’l" McCoy (1825–1914).

They had both acquired much land and respectability. The Hatfields were more affluent than the McCoys and were well-connected politically, but both families owned a good amount of property.

The Feud


According to historian Altina L. Waller, "Most accounts of the Hatfield-McCoy feud begin with the death of Asa Harmon McCoy (Randall McCoy's brother) on 7 January 1865." The uncle of Devil Anse, Jim Vance, and his "Wildcats" felt hatred toward Harmon McCoy because he had joined the Union army. Harmon had been discharged from the army early because of a broken leg. Several nights after he returned home, he was murdered in a cave nearby.

As legends go, the first recorded instance of violence in the feud occurred after an 1878 dispute about the ownership of a hog: Floyd Hatfield had it and Randolph McCoy said it was his. But in truth, the dispute was over land or property lines and the ownership of that land. The pig was only in the fight because one family believed that since the pig was on their land, that meant it was theirs; the other side objected. The matter was taken to the local Justice of the Peace, and the McCoys lost because of the testimony of Bill Staton, a relative of both families. The individual presiding over the case was Anderson "Preacher Anse" Hatfield. In June 1880, Staton was killed by two McCoy brothers, Sam and Paris, who were later acquitted on the grounds of self-defense.


The feud escalated after Roseanna McCoy began an affair with Johnse Hatfield (Devil Anse's son), leaving her family to live with the Hatfields in West Virginia. Roseanna eventually returned to the McCoys, but when the couple tried to resume their relationship, Johnse Hatfield was kidnapped by the McCoys, and was saved only when Roseanna made a desperate ride to alert Devil Anse Hatfield, who organized a rescue party.

Despite what was seen as a betrayal of her family on his behalf, Johnse thereafter abandoned the pregnant Roseanna, marrying instead her cousin Nancy McCoy in 1881.

The feud burst into full fury in 1882, when Ellison Hatfield, brother of "Devil Anse" Hatfield, was brutally murdered by three of Roseanna McCoy's brothers, Tolber, Pharmer, and Bud, stabbed 26 times and finished off with a shot. The brothers were themselves murdered in turn as the vendetta escalated.They had been kidnapped after they had murdered Ellison. They were tied to Paw Paw bushes and shot many times each. Their bodies were described as "bullet-riddled".

Between 1880 and 1891, the feud claimed more than a dozen members of the two families, becoming headline news around the country and compelling the Governors of both Kentucky and West Virginia to call up the United States National Guard to restore order after the disappearance of dozens of bounty hunters sent to calm the bloodlust. The Hatfields claimed more lives than the McCoys did by the time order had been restored.

Eight Hatfields were kidnapped and brought to Kentucky to stand trial for the murder of a female member of the McCoy clan, Alifair. She had been shot after exiting a burning building that had been set aflame by a group of Hatfields. Because of issues of due process and illegal extradition, the Supreme Court of the United States became involved. Eventually, the eight men were tried in Kentucky, and all eight were found guilty. Seven received life imprisonment, and the eighth was executed in a public hanging (even though it was prohibited by law), probably as a warning to end the violence. Thousands of spectators attended the hanging in Pikeville, Kentucky. The families finally agreed to stop the fighting in 1891.

Althea Todd Alderson, Author, Malden

A writer of short stories and poetry. Her best known poem, "The Spirit of Saint Louis," was published in a Doubleday and Doran anthology in the 1930s. She was born in Malden.

David Hunter Strother, Author, Martinsburg. 1816-1888

born in Martinsburg, Berkeley County, Virginia, September 26, 1816, and died at Charles Town, Jefferson County, March 8, 1888. He was the son of Col. John and Elizabeth Pendleton (Hunter) Strother. He was married twice, first to Anne Doyne Wolfe, and second to Mary Elliott Hunter. By his first marriage, he had one daughter, Emily Strother, who became the wife of John Brisben Walker. By his second marriage, he had two sons. However, in Norbourne Cemetery, there are six little graves, all David Hunter's children who died in infancy.

     He was one of the most widely known U.S. authors of that time, adopting the nom-de-plume of “Port Crayon,” under which he wrote “The Virginia Caanan.” This work was illustrated with crayon, which at once won the public by their charming originality, terseness and grace. Soon, the Porte Crayon name was a household word wherever the monthly Harper's Magazine found its way, from Atlantic to Pacific Shores. One of his first teachers was Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the electric telegraph. He studied art with Morse in 1836; for two years in Rome, Italy, 1842-44; and in New York, 1845-49. He served in the Federal Army during the Civil War and rose to the rank of Brigadier-General. He was appointed adjutant-general on McClellan's staff, served on Pope's staff in the Virginia campaign; and was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers. He was a war correspondent for Harper’s Magazine. After the war, he resumed his literary work, and his "Personal Recollections of the War," written from a notebook kept while at the front, was very popular. President Hayes appointed him Consul-General to Mexico in 1877, a position he filled for seven years. He was the author of "The Blackwater Chronicle" (1853) and "Virginia Illustrated" (1857).

     His sister was Mrs. James L. Randolph, whose husband was James L. Randolph, Chief Civil Engineer for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad for a number of years.

     While traveling in France, David Strother saw a cemetery laid out to suit his artistic taste and, making a sketch of it, he devised plans for the Green Hill Cemetery in Martinsburg, precisely as he saw the one in France. Together with the surveyor, John P. Kearfott, he laid out the grounds with a mausoleum in the center, surrounded by lots, walks and drives arranged in a circular shape.

Isabelle Belle Boyd, Confederate Spy, Martinsburg. 1844-1900

Isabelle (Belle) Boyd, actress and Confederate spy, was born on May 9, 1844, in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), to Benjamin Reed and Mary Rebecca (Glenn) Boyd. Her varied career brought her to Texas at least twice–first to perform in Houston and Galveston theaters, and later to settle temporarily in Dallas. She graduated from Mount Washington Female College at the age of sixteen in 1860. The following year, after shooting a Union soldier who broke into her home and gleaning information from the sentries who temporarily guarded her, she began smuggling notes to Confederate officers. Later she served as a courier for generals Pierre G. T. Beauregard and Thomas J. (Stonewall) Jackson and their subordinates. Belle was apprehended aboard ship in May 1864, while carrying dispatches to Confederate agents in England, and banished to Canada. But she subsequently reached England, where, in August of the same year, she married Samuel Wylde Hardinge, the Union naval ensign assigned to guard her after her capture. In 1865 she published an account of her wartime activities, Belle Boyd in Camp and Prison.

Soon widowed and left with a small daughter, she went on stage in England in 1866. That same year she made her United States debut in St. Louis and soon afterward adopted the stage name Nina Benjamin. In fall 1868 she performed in several plays in Houston, having contracted with Maurice and Henry Greenwall to appear at their stock houses in Houston and Galveston. However, a disagreement between Henry Greenwall and members of the acting company led to cancellation of the bookings. With new manager Thomas P. Ochiltree, Belle proceeded to Austin, where she gave a series of dramatic readings. When the new year arrived, she left the state.

On March 17, 1869, she retired from the stage to marry John Swainston Hammond. They moved to California, where she suffered a mental collapse and gave birth to a son in a Stockton insane asylum. At Mount Hope, near Baltimore, she was treated, recovered, and was discharged in 1870. She had three more children with Hammond, a traveling salesman, and the family moved to various cities around the country before settling in 1883 in Dallas.

The marriage was dissolved on November 1, 1884. Two months later Belle married twenty-four-year-old Nathaniel Rue High of Toledo, Ohio, a stock-company actor, and in order to support her family she returned to the stage with High as her business manager. She debuted in Toledo on February 22, 1886, with a dramatic narrative of her own exploits as a Confederate spy. Until her death she toured the country, performing her show in a Confederate uniform and cavalry-style hat. Belle Boyd died at the Hile House in Kilbourn (now Wisconsin Dells), Wisconsin, on June 11, 1900, and was buried there at Spring Grove Cemetery. Her fashionable house on Pocahontas Street in Dallas, which she sold on July 29, 1887, was razed in 1963.

Scott Bullett, Pro Baseball Player, Martinsburg

Scott Douglas Bullett
Michael Joseph Owens, Manufacturer, Mason County. 1859-1923

U.S. manufacturer, invented automatic bottle-blowing machine (patents in 1895 and 1904), capable of blowing 4 finished bottles a second by 1904. He organized the Owens Bottle Machine Company in 1903 and later the Libbey-Owen Sheet Glass Company (1916). He received more than 45 patents for glass blowing apparatus. He was born in 1859, Mason County, Virginia (now West Virginia), and died Dec. 27, 1923, Toledo, Ohio.

Charles Manson, Criminal, Raised in McMechen

Charles Milles Manson (born November 12, 1934 as Charles Milles Maddox) was the founder and leader of the eponymous "family," a hippie cult he began in San Francisco in 1967. He was convicted of having commanded certain members of his "family" to commit the August, 1969, Tate-LaBianca murders in Los Angeles. He is currently an inmate at Corcoran State Prison in California, having been denied parole 10 times.

Manson has spent most of his adult life in prison, initially for offenses such as car theft, forgery, credit card fraud and pimping. In the late 1960s, he migrated to California, wanting to become a musician; instead, he befriended some of the young, disenfranchised people he met and began calling them his "family." He ordered them to carry out several murders, including that of movie actress Sharon Tate (wife of the Polish movie director Roman Polański), who was eight and a half months pregnant at the time. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder. He is serving a life sentence but will be up for parole in 2007 at the age of 73. Manson has always maintained his non-involvement in the Tate-LaBianca murders.

Manson was also friends with several notable musicians before the murders were committed, including Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys, and was a marginally successful musician himself who recorded several albums and whose songs have since been covered by many artists.

Since his trial and conviction, Manson's name and image have been integrated into American pop culture, typically as a symbol of evil.

Charles Manson was a person with an unusual ability to dominate others. He assembled a destructive, doomsday cult around himself, which the media later called The Family. At one time, it numbered in excess of 100 individuals at the Spahn Ranch some 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles CA. Manson was referred to both as "God" and "Satan" by his followers. As the family's guru, he claimed to be a reincarnation of Jesus Christ.

Manson was concerned about damage to the environment and pollution. He once commented: "Your water’s dying. Your life’s in that cup. Your trees are dying. Your wildlife’s locked up in zoos. You’re in the zoo, Man. How do you feel about it?"

Mass murders perpetrated by The Family:

The first murder by the family was of Gary Hinman, a Los Angeles drug dealer and musician. His body was discovered on 1969-JUL-31.

The first series of mass murders, called the "Tate" homicides, occurred at the home of Sharon (Tate) Polanski on 1969-AUG-9. Three victims were shot and/or stabbed multiple times on the grounds of the estate. These were Abigail Folger, Steven Parent and Voiytek Frykowski. Sharon Polanski and Jay Sebring were murdered inside the house. Sharon, 8 months pregnant at the time, died from numerous stab wounds, five of which were by themselves fatal; Jay died of blood loss. Both had their necks loosely attached by a single rope over a rafter.

The next homicides, called the "LaBianca murders," occurred two days later in the home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. They were found stabbed to death with dozens of wounds.

Finally,  Donald Shea was murdered. He was a former stuntman and hired hand at the Spahn Ranch.

The police appear to have been stunned by the horrific details at the mass murder crime scenes. They badly bungled the task of collecting evidence. They were unable to find the clothing worn by the murderers. A television news crew was able to locate the clothing later.

Although Manson is not believed to have killed anyone directly, he ordered his followers to commit the famous Tate, LaBianca and other murders.

Possible motives for the murders:

The murders were on the surface motiveless and unconnected to Manson, but some key motives were later identified.

Although all five were possible motives, in the trial the prosecutor placed the last as the main motive, despite its unusual nature. The police and DA argued that Manson found sections within the Beatles' song Helter Skelter and within the last book in the Christian Bible, Revelation which he felt referred to a devastating future race war between blacks and whites. By murdering some high-profile people, he expected to trigger the "final days" conflict.

The arrest and trial:

A major break in the case happened in 1969-NOV when thirteen Family members were arrested on a charge of grand theft (auto). Several sources say that it was Susan Atkins alone who was arrested on a charge of prostitution; this appears to be an error. While in prison, she talked to her cellmate about having been involved in the Tate murders.

Charles Manson and three of his followers (Krenwinkel, Atkins, Van Houten) were charged with the Tate/LaBianca murders. The trial was spectacular. Manson spent much of the time with his back to the judge; his actions were repeated by his co-defendants and other followers. He shaved his head and carved an swastika on his forehead; his "family" followed suit. All four were found guilty and sentenced to execution. Manson and other family members later received death sentences for the Hinman and Shea killings. The death penalties were commuted to life imprisonment in the 1970's when California law was changed.

In 1997-AUG, Manson was transferred from Corcoran State Prison to the tougher Pelican Bay State Prison as punishment for a drug bust. He was placed in a segregated Security Housing Unit where he had little contact with other inmates. In 1998-MAR-26, he was returned to Corcoran where he remains today. His address is:  Charles Manson, B-33920, 4A 4R-23, P. O. Box 3476, Corcoran, CA 93212. He is currently eligible for parole, although his chances of being freed are slim.

One source found "at least 100 pages of information from the faithful" on the Internet. 1 One remarkable web site compares Manson with the Hindu God Shiva. 2 Another site, Access Manson, appears to be a semi-official Manson web site. 3 It contains extensive information about ATWA (Air, Trees, Water, Animals) which is Manson's environmental group.

On 2002-JUN-28, Leslie Van Houten was denied parole for the 14th time. She had stabbed Rosemary LaBianca sixteen times as a drug-crazed teen-ager. Since then, she has obtained a bachelor's and master's degree and has been a model prisoner, who has not accumulated a single disciplinary report in the past 25 years. She chairs a drug and alcohol rehabilitation group twice a month. She is now 52. She is not the person she was at age 19 when she participated in the crimes," Van Houten's attorney, Christie Webb said: "She has not taken drugs in three decades. She is much more of a leader than a follower in prison. ... And she has insight into how she could have participated in these crimes and how she can make amends."

George Wallace, Actor, McMechen. 1917-2005

Date of birth 8 June 1917, New York, New York, USA
Date of death 22 July 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA. (complications from a fall)

George Wallace was born in New York and, at age 13, moved with his mom and her new husband to McMechen, West Virginia, a coal mining town where the 13-year-old began working in the mines. He joined the Navy in 1936, got out in 1940, then went right back in again when World War II started. A chief bosun's mate, he ended up in Los Angeles after a total of eight years in the service. Wallace supported himself with an array of odd jobs, from working for a meat packer ("knockin' steers in the head") to lumberjacking in the High Sierras. A stint as a singing bartender attracted the attention of Hollywood columnist Jimmy Fidler, who helped him get his show-biz start. Wallace enrolled in drama school in the late 1940s, while earning his living tending the greens at MGM. He soon began landing jobs in films and TV, most notably as Commando Cody in the Republic serial _Radar Men From the Moon (1952)_ . He later made his Broadway debut in Richard Rodgers' "Pipe Dreams", replaced John Raitt in "The Pajama Game" and was nominated for a Tony for his leading role in "New Girl in Town" with Gwen Verdon. Other stage roles have included "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" opposite Ginger Rogers, "Jennie" with Mary Martin, "Most Happy Fella" (during production, he met his present wife, actress Jane A. Johnston), "Camelot" (as King Arthur), "Man of La Mancha", "Company" and more. In 1960, his career was stalled when a horse fell on him and broke his back during the making of an episode of TV's _"Swamp Fox" (1959)_ . His painful recovery took seven months. He sometimes bills himself George D.H Wallace, to avoid confusion with comic George Wallace.

Sometimes Credited As George D. Wallace

  1. "Joan of Arcadia" .... God / ... (1 episode, 2004)
        - Anonymous (2004)
    TV Episode .... Old Man Walker/God
  2. "Mister Sterling" (1 episode, 2003)
        - Pilot (2003)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace)
  3. Minority Report (2002) (as George D. Wallace) .... Chief Justice Pollard
  4. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" .... Old Xander Harris (1 episode, 2002)
    ... aka BtVS (USA: promotional abbreviation)
    ... aka Buffy
    ... aka Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Series
        - Hell's Bells (2002)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Old Xander Harris
  5. "The X Files" .... Bertram Mueller (1 episode, 2002)
    ... aka The X-Files (USA)
        - Hellbound (2002)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Bertram Mueller
  6. Nurse Betty (2000) (as George D. Wallace) .... Grandfather Blaine
    ... aka Nurse Betty - Gefährliche Träume (Germany)
  7. "The Practice" .... Judge Andrew Wood (2 episodes, 2000)
        - Liberty Bells (2000)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Judge Andrew Wood
        - Death Penalties (2000)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Judge Andrew Wood
  8. "Chicago Hope" .... Miles Harding (1 episode, 2000)
        - Boys Will Be Girls (2000)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Miles Harding
  9. Bicentennial Man (1999) (as George D. Wallace) .... Male President
    ... aka 200 Jahre Mann, Der (Germany)
  10. Forces of Nature (1999) (as George D. Wallace) .... Max
  11. Deal of a Lifetime (1999) .... Coach Millhaven
  12. "Early Edition" .... Lou Sinclair (1 episode, 1998)
        - Where or When (1998)
    TV Episode .... Lou Sinclair
  13. "Alright Already" .... Gil (1 episode, 1997)
        - Again with the Funeral (1997)
    TV Episode .... Gil
  14. "JAG" .... Chief Petty Officer Walter Hume (1 episode, 1997)
        - Code Blue (1997)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Chief Petty Officer Walter Hume
  15. Meet Wally Sparks (1997) .... Bartender
  16. "Cybill" .... Father Buchanan (1 episode, 1996)
        - Buffalo Gals (1996)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Father Buchanan
  17. Multiplicity (1996) .... Man in Restaurant
  18. Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story (1996) (TV) .... Tom
    ... aka Seduced by Madness (USA: short title)
  19. "C-Bear and Jamal" (1996) TV Series (voice)
  20. "Mad About You" .... The Projectionist (1 episode, 1994)
        - The City (1994)
    TV Episode .... The Projectionist
  21. In the Heat of the Night: Who Was Geli Bendl? (1994) (TV) .... Tommy
  22. "In the Heat of the Night" .... Tommy (1 episode, 1994)
        - Who Was Geli Bendl? (1994)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Tommy
  23. "Walker, Texas Ranger" .... Sheriff Hugo LeBrun (1 episode, 1994)
        - The Road to Black Bayou (1994)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Sheriff Hugo LeBrun
  24. My Girl 2 (1994) .... Gnarly Old Man
  25. Almost Dead (1994) .... Caretaker
  26. Schemes (1994) (V) .... Sam
  27. Miracle Child (1993) (TV) (as George D. Wallace) .... Grandpa
  28. "Picket Fences" .... Father Joe Lyons (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
        - Fetal Attraction (1993)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Father Joe Lyons
        - Sacred Hearts (1992)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Father Joe Lyons
  29. "Civil Wars" (1 episode, 1992)
        - Drone of Arc (1992)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace)
  30. "Star Trek: The Next Generation" .... Admiral Simons (1 episode, 1992)
    ... aka Star Trek: TNG (USA: promotional abbreviation)
        - Man of the People (1992)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Admiral Simons
  31. Child of Rage (1992) (TV) .... Henry
  32. Diggstown (1992) .... Bob Ferris
    ... aka Midnight Sting
  33. "Nurses" .... Grandpa (1 episode, 1991)
        - Reversal of Grandpa (1991)
    TV Episode .... Grandpa
  34. The Haunted (1991) (TV) (as George D. Wallace) .... John
  35. The Boys (1991) (TV) .... Ray
    ... aka The Guys
  36. Defending Your Life (1991) (as George D. Wallace) .... Daniel's judge
  37. "Sons and Daughters" (1991) TV Series .... Grandpa Hank Hammersmith (unknown episodes)
  38. Working Tra$h (1990) (TV) .... Big Dan
  39. Postcards from the Edge (1990) .... Carl
  40. People Like Us (1990) (TV) .... Max Luby
  41. "Mancuso, FBI" (2 episodes, 1990)
        - Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die: Part 1 (1990)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace)
        - Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die: Part 2 (1990)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace)
  42. "L.A. Law" .... Judge Peter Brosens (1 episode, 1989)
        - Lie Down and Deliver (1989)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Judge Peter Brosens
  43. "Monsters" (1 episode, 1989)
        - Reaper (1989)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace)
  44. "Moonlighting" .... Father (1 episode, 1989)
        - Lunar Eclipse (1989)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Father
  45. "Gideon Oliver" .... Professor Peter Douglas (1 episode, 1989)
    ... aka By the Rivers of Babylon (Europe: English title)
        - The Last Plane from Coramaya (1989)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Professor Peter Douglas
  46. Punchline (1988) .... Man With Arm In Cast
  47. Hot to Trot (1988) .... Orson
  48. Prison (1988) .... Joe Reese
  49. Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami (1988) (TV) (as George D. Wallace) .... Shoop
    ... aka Hostile Witness (UK)
    ... aka In the Hands of the Enemy (Australia: DVD title)
  50. "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" .... Congressman Fremont (2 episodes, 1983-1987)
        - Suitable for Framing (1987)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace)
        - Magic Bus (1983)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Congressman Fremont
  51. "Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder" (1987) (mini) TV Series .... Bernard Bradshaw
  52. Native Son (1986) .... Judge
  53. "Dynasty" .... Walt Tyson (1 episode, 1986)
        - The Mission (1986)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Walt Tyson
  54. "Fresno" (1986) (mini) TV Series .... Judge Henry Bejajian
  55. "Hotel" .... Garrison Snow (1 episode, 1986)
    ... aka Arthur Hailey's Hotel
        - Hearts Divided (1986)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Garrison Snow
  56. Just Between Friends (1986) .... Bob Chapwick
  57. "Remington Steele" .... Emery Arnok / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1986)
        - Steele in the Spotlight (1986)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Jake Slater
        - Steele Waters Run Deep (1982)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Emery Arnok
  58. "St. Elsewhere" .... Nelson (1 episode, 1985)
        - The Naked and the Dead (1985)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Nelson
  59. "Knots Landing" .... Judge Phelps (2 episodes, 1985)
        - The Longest Day (1985)
    TV Episode .... Judge Phelps
        - The Long and Winding Road (1985)
    TV Episode .... Judge Phelps
  60. A Death in California (1985) (TV) .... Judge Roy Ballantyne
    ... aka Psychopath (USA: video title)
  61. Protocol (1984) .... T.V. Commentator
  62. "Cagney & Lacey" .... Cottman (1 episode, 1984)
        - Baby Broker (1984)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Cottman
  63. "Night Court" .... Doctor (2 episodes, 1984)
        - Quadrangle of Love (1984)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Doctor
        - Santa Goes Downtown (1984)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Doctor
  64. "Hill Street Blues" .... Judge Milton Cole (4 episodes, 1983)
        - Honk If You're a Goose (1983)
    TV Episode .... Judge Milton Cole
        - Midway to What? (1983)
    TV Episode .... Judge Milton Cole
        - Praise Dilaudid (1983)
    TV Episode .... Judge Milton Cole
        - Here's Adventure, Here's Romance (1983)
    TV Episode .... Judge Milton Cole
  65. "Newhart" .... Ernest McKenna (1 episode, 1983)
        - Don't Rain on My Parade (1983)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Ernest McKenna
  66. "Bare Essence" .... Dr. Barnett (1 episode, 1983)
        - Hour Three (1983)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Dr. Barnett
  67. "The Edge of Night" (1956) TV Series .... Dr. Leo Gault (unknown episodes, 1980)
    ... aka Edge of Night (USA: last season title)
  68. The Stunt Man (1980) .... Father
  69. "Little House on the Prairie" .... Perkins (1 episode, 1978)
    ... aka Little House: A New Beginning (USA: last season title)
        - The Godsister (1978)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Perkins
  70. "Fantasy Island" .... Harry Sand (1 episode, 1978)
        - King for a Day/Instant Family (1978)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Harry Sand
  71. "How the West Was Won" (1978) (mini) TV Series (as George D. Wallace) .... Davey Wordley
  72. Deadman's Curve (1978) (TV) .... Bill Berry
  73. The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (1977) (as George D. Wallace) .... Senator McCarthy
  74. "Barnaby Jones" .... Gus Willison / ... (2 episodes, 1977)
        - The Mercenaries (1977)
    TV Episode .... Longwood
        - Copy-Cat Killing (1977)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Gus Willison
  75. "The Waltons" .... Dean Beck (2 episodes, 1975-1977)
        - The Hawk (1977)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Dean Beck
        - The Genius (1975)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Dean Beck
  76. Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977) (as George D. Wallace)
  77. "Family" .... Detective Steinmetz (1 episode, 1977)
        - Someone's Watching (1977)
    TV Episode .... Detective Steinmetz
  78. "Most Wanted" (1 episode, 1976)
        - The Heisman Killer (1976)
    TV Episode
  79. Lifeguard (1976) .... Mr. Carlson
  80. Return to Earth (1976) (TV)
  81. "The Bionic Woman" .... Rancher (1 episode, 1976)
        - Claws (1976)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Rancher
  82. "Kojak" .... Washburn (1 episode, 1975)
        - A Long Way from Times Square (1975)
    TV Episode .... Washburn
  83. "The Rookies" .... Bracken / ... (2 episodes, 1975)
        - Measure of Mercy (1975)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Bracken
        - A Deadly Image (1975)
    TV Episode .... Floyd Conroy
  84. "The Streets of San Francisco" .... Harold 'Hal' Buxton (1 episode, 1975)
        - Murder by Proxy (1975)
    TV Episode .... Harold 'Hal' Buxton
  85. "Cannon" .... Matt Venner (1 episode, 1975)
        - The Deadly Conspiracy (1975)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Matt Venner
  86. "The Manhunter" .... Martin Quinlan (1 episode, 1975)
        - The Seventh Man (1975)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Martin Quinlan
  87. The Towering Inferno (1974) .... Chief Officer
  88. "Planet of the Apes" .... Talbert (1 episode, 1974)
        - The Cure (1974)
    TV Episode .... Talbert
  89. The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974) .... Mr. Putnam
    ... aka H.O.T.S. II (USA: video title)
  90. "Emergency!" .... Sgt Thomas (1 episode, 1974)
    ... aka Emergencia (USA: Spanish title)
    ... aka Emergency One (USA: syndication title)
        - How Green Was My Thumb? (1974)
    TV Episode .... Sgt Thomas
  91. "Dusty's Trail" .... Sheriff Cody (1 episode, 1973)
        - Danger Stranger (1973)
    TV Episode .... Sheriff Cody
  92. "The Brady Bunch" .... Mr. Binkley (1 episode, 1973)
        - Getting Greg's Goat (1973)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Mr. Binkley
  93. The Six Million Dollar Man (1973) (TV) .... General
    ... aka Cyborg: The Six Million Dollar Man
    ... aka The Six Million Dollar Man: The Moon and the Desert (USA: rerun title)
  94. "Ghost Story" .... Sheriff (1 episode, 1972)
    ... aka Circle of Fear (USA: new title)
        - Touch of Madness (1972)
    TV Episode .... Sheriff
  95. "Gunsmoke" .... Dan Tobin / ... (3 episodes, 1956-1972)
    ... aka Gun Law (UK)
    ... aka Marshal Dillon (USA: rerun title)
        - The Wedding (1972)
    TV Episode .... Sheriff Henning
        - Easy Come (1963)
    TV Episode .... Dan Tobin
        - Hack Prine (1956)
    TV Episode .... Dolph Trimble
  96. "Ironside" .... Judge Amato (1 episode, 1971)
    ... aka The Raymond Burr Show (USA: syndication title)
        - In the Line of Duty (1971)
    TV Episode .... Judge Amato
  97. Skin Game (1971) .... R.J. McGrath (Fair Shake auctioneer)
  98. In Search of America (1971) (TV) .... Clarence
  99. "The F.B.I." .... George Ayers / ... (2 episodes, 1966-1971)
        - Eye of the Needle (1971)
    TV Episode .... George Ayers
        - Ordeal (1966)
    TV Episode .... Graham Lockwood
  100. "Bonanza" .... Doctor (1 episode, 1970)
    ... aka Ponderosa (USA: rerun title)
        - Decision at Los Robles (1970)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Doctor
  101. "Premiere" .... Charlie (1 episode, 1968)
        - Higher and Higher (1968)
    TV Episode .... Charlie
  102. "The Christophers" .... John (1 episode, 1967)
        - The Partner (1967)
    TV Episode .... John
  103. Caprice (1967) (uncredited) .... Policeman
  104. "The Big Valley" .... Deputy Otto McAdoo (1 episode, 1967)
        - Days of Grace (1967)
    TV Episode .... Deputy Otto McAdoo
  105. "Daniel Boone" .... Philippe Gamet (1 episode, 1966)
        - When a King Is a Pawn (1966)
    TV Episode .... Philippe Gamet
  106. "The Road West" .... Chad (1 episode, 1966)
        - Lone Woman (1966)
    TV Episode .... Chad
  107. Texas Across the River (1966) .... Floyd Willet
  108. "The Virginian" .... Dixon / ... (3 episodes, 1963-1966)
    ... aka The Men from Shiloh (USA: new title)
        - The Outcast (1966)
    TV Episode .... Sheriff in Portersville
        - The Mountain of the Sun (1963)
    TV Episode .... Dixon
        - The Judgment (1963)
    TV Episode .... Wilkie Carewe
  109. Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966) (uncredited) .... Police Chief Yates
  110. "Perry Mason" .... Stacey Fielding (1 episode, 1966)
        - The Case of the Vanishing Victim (1966)
    TV Episode .... Stacey Fielding
  111. "The Defenders" .... Major Thompson (1 episode, 1964)
        - Survival (1964)
    TV Episode .... Major Thompson
  112. "Laramie" .... Gip (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
        - Double Eagles (1962)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace)
        - Justice in a Hurry (1962)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace)
        - Deadly Is the Night (1961)
    TV Episode
        - Badge of the Outsider (1961)
    TV Episode .... Gip
  113. Six Black Horses (1962) .... Boone
  114. "Tales of Wells Fargo" .... Bedell / ... (2 episodes, 1959-1962)
        - Hometown Doctor (1962)
    TV Episode .... Cross
        - Desert Showdown (1959)
    TV Episode .... Bedell
  115. "Cheyenne" .... Blaney Hawker / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1961)
        - The Brahma Bull (1961)
    TV Episode .... Blaney Hawker
        - Mountain Fortress (1955)
    TV Episode .... Plank
  116. "Rawhide" .... Brady / ... (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
        - The Blue Sky (1961)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Brady
        - Incident of the Fish Out of Water (1961)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Colonel Somers, Carnival Owner
        - Incident of the Night Horse (1960)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Jed Carst
  117. "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" .... Frank McLowery (4 episodes, 1961)
    ... aka Wyatt Earp
        - Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1961)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Frank McLowery
        - Just Before the Battle (1961)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Frank McLowery
        - The Law Must Be Fair (1961)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Frank McLowery
        - Doc Holliday Faces Death (1961)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Frank McLowery
  118. "Zane Grey Theater" .... Borkman / ... (5 episodes, 1957-1961)
    ... aka Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (USA: complete title)
    ... aka The Westerners (USA: rerun title)
        - Jericho (1961)
    TV Episode
        - Sundown Smith (1960)
    TV Episode .... Borkman
        - Heritage (1959)
    TV Episode .... Corporal
        - The Accuser (1958)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace)
        - Village of Fear (1957)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace) .... Brill
  119. "The Barbara Stanwyck Show" .... Johnson (1 episode, 1961)
        - The Choice (1961)
    TV Episode .... Johnson
  120. "Maverick" .... Sheriff Joe Holly / ... (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
        - Benefit of the Doubt (1961)
    TV Episode .... Sheriff Joe Holly
        - A Flock of Trouble (1960)
    TV Episode .... Verne Scott
  121. "77 Sunset Strip" .... Sheriff (1 episode, 1961)
        - Old Card Sharps Never Die (1961)
    TV Episode .... Sheriff
  122. "Disneyland" .... Mordecai / ... (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
    ... aka Disney's Wonderful World (USA: new title)
    ... aka The Disney Sunday Movie (USA: new title)
    ... aka The Magical World of Disney (USA: new title)
    ... aka The Wonderful World of Disney (USA: new title)
    ... aka Walt Disney (USA: new title)
    ... aka Walt Disney Presents (USA: new title)
    ... aka Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (USA: new title)
        - Daniel Boone: The Promised Land (1961)
    TV Episode .... Mordecai
        - Daniel Boone: The Wilderness Road (1961)
    TV Episode .... Mordecai
        - Daniel Boone: And Chase the Buffalo (1960)
    TV Episode .... Mordecai
        - Daniel Boone: The Warrior's Path (1960)
    TV Episode .... Mordecai
        - Texas John Slaughter: Apache Friendship (1960)
    TV Episode .... Gus
          (1 more)
  123. "The Rebel" .... Aaron Wallace (1 episode, 1961)
        - The Burying of Sammy Hart (1961)
    TV Episode .... Aaron Wallace
  124. "Lawman" .... Nat Gruber (2 episodes, 1959-1961)
    ... aka The Lawman (USA: alternative title)
        - Hassayampa (1961)
    TV Episode (as George D. Wallace)
        - Red Ransom (1959)
    TV Episode .... Nat Gruber
  125. "The Tall Man" .... Jim Miles (1 episode, 1960)
        - One of One Thousand (1960)
    TV Episode .... Jim Miles
  126. "The Deputy" .... Dan Farrell (1 episode, 1960)
        - Second Cousin to the Czar (1960)
    TV Episode .... Dan Farrell
  127. "Surfside 6" .... Jim Elliott (1 episode, 1960)
        - Deadly Male (1960)
    TV Episode .... Jim Elliott
  128. "Bourbon Street Beat" .... Peter Justin (1 episode, 1960)
        - Six Hours to Midnight (1960)
    TV Episode .... Peter Justin
  129. "The Rifleman" (1 episode, 1960)
        - Sins of the Father (1960)
    TV Episode
  130. "Death Valley Days" .... Jake Handley (1 episode, 1960)
    ... aka Call of the West (USA: syndication title)
    ... aka The Pioneers (USA: syndication title)
    ... aka Trails West (USA: syndication title)
    ... aka Western Star Theater (USA: syndication title)
        - Pirates of San Francisco (1960)
    TV Episode .... Jake Handley
  131. "Sugarfoot" .... John Crain (1 episode, 1960)
    ... aka Tenderfoot (UK)
        - Blackwater Swamp (1960)
    TV Episode .... John Crain
  132. "Overland Trail" .... Matt (1 episode, 1960)
    ... aka Overland Stage
        - High Bridge (1960)
    TV Episode .... Matt
  133. "Texas John Slaughter" .... Gus (2 episodes, 1960)
        - Apache Friendship (1960)
    TV Episode .... Gus
        - Desperado from Tombstone (1960)
    TV Episode .... Gus
  134. "Black Saddle" .... Jim House (1 episode, 1960)
    ... aka The Westerners (USA: syndication title)
        - The Killer (1960)
    TV Episode .... Jim House
  135. "The Alaskans" .... Bill Adams (1 episode, 1959)
        - Winter Song (1959)
    TV Episode .... Bill Adams
  136. "Captain Grief" .... Wulf (1 episode, 1959)
        - The Return of Blackbeard (1959)
    TV Episode .... Wulf
  137. "Bronco" .... Sheriff Purdom (1 episode, 1959)
        - Shadow of a Man (1959)
    TV Episode .... Sheriff Purdom
  138. "The Millionaire" .... Pete / ... (2 episodes, 1957-1959)
    ... aka If You Had a Million
        - Millionaire Charlie Weber (1959)
    TV Episode .... Pete
        - The Charles Wyatt Story (1957)
    TV Episode .... Ted Wyatt
  139. Star in the Dust (1956) (uncredited) .... Joe
    ... aka Law Man (USA)
  140. Great Day in the Morning (1956) (uncredited) .... Jack Lawford, Miner
  141. Forbidden Planet (1956) .... Bosun
  142. The Second Greatest Sex (1955) .... Simon Clegghorn
  143. The Night of the Hunter (1955)
  144. "Those Whiting Girls" .... Professor (1 episode, 1955)
        - You're Driving Me Crazy (1955)
    TV Episode .... Professor
  145. Soldier of Fortune (1955) (uncredited) .... Gunner
  146. "Fireside Theatre" .... Johnny (3 episodes, 1950-1955)
        - Night of Terror (1955)
    TV Episode .... Johnny
        - Neutral Corner (1951)
    TV Episode
        - Judas (1950)
    TV Episode
  147. "The Man Behind the Badge" .... Commando Cody (1 episode, 1955)
        - The Case of the Unknown Man (1955)
    TV Episode .... Commando Cody
  148. Strange Lady in Town (1955) (uncredited) .... Curley
  149. Rage at Dawn (1955) (uncredited) .... Sheriff Mosley
    ... aka Seven Bad Men
  150. Man Without a Star (1955) .... Tom Carter
  151. "Four Star Playhouse" .... Sam (1 episode, 1954)
    ... aka Four Star Theatre (UK: new title)
    ... aka Star Performance (USA: rerun title)
        - Go Ahead and Jump (1954)
    TV Episode .... Sam
  152. "Studio 57" .... Hank Howell (1 episode, 1954)
    ... aka Heinz Studio 57 (USA: alternative title)
        - Rescue at Twelve Lakes (1954)
    TV Episode .... Hank Howell
  153. Destry (1954) .... Curly Adams
  154. "Treasury Men in Action" (1 episode, 1954)
    ... aka Your Treasury Men in Action
        - The Case of the Green Feathers (1954)
    TV Episode
  155. The Human Jungle (1954) .... Det. O'Neill
  156. "The Adventures of Kit Carson" .... Rafe (3 episodes, 1954)
    ... aka Kit Carson
        - Frontier of Challenge (1954)
    TV Episode
        - Powder Depot (1954)
    TV Episode
        - The Gatling Gun (1954)
    TV Episode .... Rafe
  157. Drums Across the River (1954) .... Les Walker
  158. "Stories of the Century" .... Cole Younger (1 episode, 1954)
    ... aka The Fast Guns (USA: reissue title)
        - The Younger Brothers (1954)
    TV Episode .... Cole Younger
  159. "Hopalong Cassidy" .... Brad Mason / ... (4 episodes, 1952-1954)
        - The Emerald Saint (1954)
    TV Episode .... Sam Chapman/Jim Forrester
        - Copper Hills (1954)
    TV Episode .... Judson Rush
        - Don Colorado (1952)
    TV Episode .... Roger Endicott
        - Marked Cards (1952)
    TV Episode .... Brad Mason
  160. The French Line (1954) (uncredited) .... Cowboy
  161. "Dragnet" (1 episode, 1954)
    ... aka Badge 714 (USA: syndication title)
        - The Big Chance (1954)
    TV Episode
  162. Border River (1954) .... Fletcher
  163. Vigilante Terror (1953) .... Gang leader Brewer
  164. Arena (1953) .... Buster Cole
  165. Francis Covers the Big Town (1953) (uncredited) .... Mounted Traffic Cop
  166. The Homesteaders (1953) .... Meade
  167. Pardon My Wrench (1953) .... Gil's Rival
  168. Star of Texas (1953) .... Clampett
  169. The Lawless Breed (1953) (uncredited) .... Bully Brady
  170. The Great Adventures of Captain Kidd (1953) .... Buller
  171. Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) (uncredited) .... Bud Williams (Stunt pilot)
    ... aka The One Piece Bathing Suit (UK)
  172. Kansas City Confidential (1952) (uncredited) .... Olson
    ... aka The Secret Four (UK)
  173. Back at the Front (1952) (uncredited)
    ... aka Willie and Joe Back at the Front (USA: reissue title)
    ... aka Willie and Joe in Tokyo (UK)
  174. The Big Sky (1952) (uncredited) .... Thug in general store
  175. Sally and Saint Anne (1952) (uncredited) .... Jimmy Mulvaney, Bartender
  176. Meet Danny Wilson (1952) (uncredited) .... Patrolman
  177. Ghost Buster (1952) .... Bigelow
  178. Japanese War Bride (1952) .... Woody Blacker
  179. Radar Men from the Moon (1952) .... Commando Cody
  180. "Dangerous Assignment" .... Texas Ranger (1 episode, 1952)
        - The Art Treasure Story (1952)
    TV Episode .... Texas Ranger
  181. Submarine Command (1951) .... Chief Herb Bixby
    ... aka The Submarine Story (USA)
  182. The Fat Man (1951) (uncredited) .... Carl
  183. Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison (1951) (uncredited) .... Cellblock Convict
  1. "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" .... Himself (1 episode, 2006)
    ... aka Queer Eye (USA: new title)
        - Turn a Poker Dud Into a Five Card Stud: Ed M (2006)
    TV Episode .... Himself
  2. All Shades of Fine: 25 Hottest Women of the Past 25 Years (2005) (TV) .... Himself
  3. "Pet Star" .... Judge (2 episodes, 2005)
        - Episode #3.12 (2005)
    TV Episode .... Judge
        - Episode #3.6 (2005)
    TV Episode .... Judge
  4. "The Martin Short Show" .... Himself (1 episode, 1999)
        - Episode #1.31 (1999)
    TV Episode .... Himself
  1. Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (1994) .... Frank McLowery (flashback sequence)
  2. Retik, the Moon Menace (1966) (TV) .... Commando Cody

Rich Braham, Pro Football Player, Morgantown

Rich Braham (born November 6, 1970 in Morgantown, West Virginia) was a National Football League center for the Cincinnati Bengals.

High school career

Braham attended University High School in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he lettered in both, football and basketball. In basketball, he won second team prep All-State honors as a senior.

College career

Braham attended West Virginia University, where as a senior, he was a second team All-American, an All-Big East selection, and helped lead the team to a Sugar Bowl berth and an 11 win-1 loss record.

NFL career

Rich Braham was drafted by the Phoenix Cardinals but then was quickly traded to the Cincinnati Bengals. He played with the Bengals for 13 seasons. At the end of the 2006 NFL season, Braham decided to announce his retirement.

Bob Huggins, Coach, Morgantown

Bob Huggins (born September 21, 1953 in Morgantown, West Virginia) is the head coach of the men's basketball team at Kansas State University, and was head coach at University of Cincinnati from 1989 to 2005. His 567-199 record (.740) during his 24 seasons as a head coach ranks him eighth in winning percentage and 11th in victories among active Division I coaches. His string of 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances is the third-longest active streak. His teams have won 20 or more games in all but four of his 24 campaigns and he has averaged 23.5 victories a season; 26.0 wins per campaign over the past nine years.

Playing career

Huggins, who had moved to Gnadenhutten, Ohio with his family, played basketball for his father, Charles, at Indian Valley South High School. As a senior, he helped lead his team to a 26-0 season. Huggins returned to his native West Virginia, playing point guard for the West Virginia University Mountaineers from 1975 until 1977. Cut after a 1977 tryout with the Philadelphia 76ers, Huggins subsequently pursued a master's degree and sold sneakers.

Start of coaching career

Huggins launched his coaching career as a graduate assistant on Joedy Gardner's staff at West Virginia University in 1977. He then spent two years as an assistant to Eldon Miller at The Ohio State University. Huggins was only 27 when he became a collegiate head coach, accepting the position at Walsh University in 1980. In three seasons at Walsh, he compiled a 71-26 record, twice earning NAIA District 22 Coach of the Year honors. Huggins directed the 1982-83 team to a perfect 30-0 regular season mark and an eventual 34-1 mark. After serving as an assistant at University of Central Florida for the 1983-84 season, Huggins was named head coach at the University of Akron where he compiled a 97-46 record and reached post-season play in three of his five seasons there.

Career at University of Cincinnati

Huggins compiled a 399-127 record (.759) in his 16 years at Cincinnati, making him the winningest coach in terms of victories and percentage in the school's rich basketball history. Huggins directed Cincinnati to ten conference regular-season titles and eight league tournament titles. The Bearcats appeared in post-season play in each of Huggins' 16 seasons at U.C., advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament two times and, in 1991-92, appearing once in the Final Four.

Huggins earned the Ray Meyer Award as the Conference USA Coach of the Year a record three times (1997-98, 1998-99, and 1999-2000), and was a unanimous choice for C-USA Coach of the Decade. He was selected national coach of the year by ESPN.com in 2001-02. He was named co-national coach of the year by The Sporting News last season and was Basketball Times' national coach of the year in 1997-98. He earned national coach of the year recognition from Hoop Scoop in 1991-92 and Playboy in 1992-93. During this time the program also gained a reputation for a rough style of play and academic under-performance, as well as numerous criminal convictions and arrests for many of his players, thus comparing Huggins to Jerry Tarkanian's successful, yet controversial, UNLV programs. Huggins' program was put on NCAA probation for lack of institutional control in 1998. Huggins was suspended indefinitely following a drunken-driving charge before resigning in 2005.

Huggins is a proven success as a program-builder, recruiter, game strategist, and inspirational leader, and he is believed by fans to have demonstrated this in varying situations during his tenure at Cincinnati. He also has directed star-studded teams, while developing the individual talents of players such as consensus All-Americans Danny Fortson, Kenyon Martin, and Steve Logan, to a succession of conference championships and NCAA tournament runs. Huggins has achieved similar success on the recruiting trails. He has attracted three No. 1-rated junior college players and five McDonald's All-Americans, while six of his last nine recruiting classes have been ranked among the nation's top ten. Inheriting a team short on numbers upon his arrival at Cincinnati, Huggins coached that 1989-90 squad to a post-season tournament berth. Two seasons later, he assimilated the talents of four junior-college transfers and a smattering of seasoned veterans into a cohesive unit, which he directed to successive finishes in the Final Four and the Elite Eight. However, Huggins had mixed tournament success after those seasons. He led the Bearcats to the Elite Eight in 1996 and the Sweet 16 in 2001, but in all other tournaments, his teams were bounced in the second round, frequently losing to much lower seeds. Some have pointed out that his 1992 trip to the Final Four was facilitated by a busted bracket; the top three seeds in the bracket all lost in the second round, and all of the teams the fourth-seeded Bearcats beat were seeded lower than they were.

Over the ensuing seasons, he developed young and inexperienced teams with as many as three freshmen starters into squads which captured two more league titles and made another pair of NCAA appearances. Huggins surprised some astute college basketball followers in 1997-98 by directing a team which had only one returning starter to a 27-6 record, conference regular season, and tournament titles, a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and a Top-10 finish in the polls. The team was then upset by West Virginia in the tournament. Huggins' 2001-02 team, unranked when the season began, posted a 31-4 record, setting a U.C. mark for victories, made a clean sweep of the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles, and was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, where they lost in double overtime to No 8 seed UCLA. In 2002-03, Huggins suffered a major heart attack on the last Saturday of September, but was present for the team's first practice two weeks later and coached the Bearcats with the same intensity that has become his trademark. Not surprisingly given the season's rocky start, the team qualified for the NCAA tournament only as an 8 seed, and were ousted in the first round by Gonzaga.

The 2003-04 season was business as usual for Huggins, who piloted U.C. to C-USA regular-season and tournament titles, and an NCAA tournament berth while amassing a 25-7 record. Despite a favorable draw -- the team was sent to nearby Columbus, OH, for the first two rounds of the tournament -- the Bearcats were mauled by the University of Illinois, losing by 24 points in the second round. The 2004-05 Bearcats posted a 25-8 ledger, the ninth season in the past ten years that U.C. has won 25 or more games. They received only a 7 seed in the tournament, however, and gave eventual Elite Eight participant Kentucky a spirited game before falling in the second round.


In August 2005, the University of Cincinnati bought out the final three years of his contract in exchange for his resignation. In an interview on ESPN, Huggins admitted that his 2004 arrest for driving under the influence created the perception that he was not a proper representative for the University.

Career at Kansas State; recruiting

After spending a year out of the coaching profession, on March 23, 2006, Huggins accepted the head coaching job at Kansas State University , replacing the fired Jim Wooldridge and creating an immediate buzz in the state of Kansas, the Big 12, and the nation. Since taking the KSU job, Huggins has generally improved basketball recruiting at the school. His initial recruiting class featured 7-foot-3, 265-pound center from Jacksonville, Florida, Jason Bennett. Bennett was a consensus top-50 player for the 2006 recruiting class. The class also featured Blake Young, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound shooting guard, and Luis Colon, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound center/power forward. Finally, on October 25, 2006, the Kansas City Star reported that Bill Walker, a highly touted recruit for the 2007 class, had enrolled at Kansas State after completing his entrance requirements a year early, and would join the 2006 class. Walker was eligible to play in K-State's home game against Kennesaw State on December 17, 2006, but following a torn ACL during the Wildcats' game with the Texas A&M Aggies, Walker has had to sit out the remainder of the season.

On June 23, 2006, Huggins landed a commitment for the 2007 season from perhaps the biggest recruit in K-State's history in 6'8" small forward Michael Beasley. Beasley is ranked by many services as one of the top prospects for 2007.

Huggins' arrival at K-State has created an excitement for basketball among Wildcat fans not seen since the late 1980s. Season-ticket sales at Bramlage Coliseum have reached record levels in this first season alone.

One of Huggins' biggest challenges will be to make the Wildcats more competitive against their in-state archrivals, the University of Kansas Jayhawks. Kansas St. has not defeated KU in Manhattan since 1983, when the Wildcats still played in Ahearn Fieldhouse, and the Jayhawks have won 32 of the last 33 meetings in the series entering the 2006-07 season. At Kansas State's "Madness in Manhattan" event, Huggins told the 10,000 fans in attendance that the rivalry would be renewed once Kansas State began to win the Sunflower Showdown. K-State fell short on ESPN's Big Monday to rival KU in a 62-71 loss.

Lawrence Kasdan, movie producer, director and screenwriter, Morgantown

Lawrence Kasdan (born 14 January 1949, Miami, Florida) is an American movie producer, director and screenwriter. Raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he graduated from Morgantown High School in 1966, he went on to attend the University of Michigan as an education major.

After working as a freelance advertising copywriter, Kasdan's introduction into the film business came in the mid-1970s when he sold his script for The Bodyguard to Warner Bros. as a vehicle for Diana Ross. The script became stuck in "development hell" and became one of several scripts successively called "the best un-made film in Hollywood"; it was eventually produced as 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.

George Lucas commissioned Kasdan in 1979 to complete the screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back after the death of Leigh Brackett. Lucas then commissioned Kasdan to write the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark and the last installment of the Star Wars trilogy, Return of the Jedi. Kasdan made his directing debut with Body Heat in 1981.

He makes a cameo appearance in James L. Brooks' comedy As Good As It Gets as the fed-up psychiatrist of Jack Nicholson's novelist.

Kasdan is the father of directors/actors Jake and Jon Kasdan.

His credits include:

Red Sovine, Country Entertainer, Charleston. 1918-1980

b. Woodrow Wilson Sovine, 17 July 1918, Charleston, West Virginia, USA, d. 4 April 1980, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Sovine was taught the guitar by his mother and was working professionally by the time he was 17 on WCHS Charleston with Johnny Bailes (Bailes Brothers), and then as part of Jim Pike's Carolina Tarheels. In 1948 Sovine formed his own band, The Echo Valley Boys, and became a regular on The Louisiana Hayride. Sovine acquired the nickname of "The Old Syrup Sopper" following the sponsorship by Johnny Fair Syrup of some radio shows, and the title is apt for such narrations as "Daddy's Girl". Sovine recorded for US Decca Records and first made the country charts with "Are You Mine?", a duet with Goldie Hill. Later that year, a further duet, this time with Webb Pierce, "Why Baby Why", made number 1 on the US country charts. They followed this with the tear-jerking narration "Little Rosa", which became a mainstay of Sovine's act. From 1954 Sovine was a regular at the Grand Ole Opry and, in all, he had 31 US country chart entries. He was particularly successful with maudlin narrations about truck-drivers and his hits include "Giddyup Go" (a US country number 1 about a truck-driver being reunited with his son), "Phantom 309" (a truck-driving ghost story!) and his million-selling saga of a crippled boy and his CB radio, "Teddy Bear" (1976). Sequels and parodies of "Teddy Bear" abound; Sovine refused to record "Teddy Bear's Last Ride", which became a US country hit for Diana Williams. He retaliated with "Little Joe" to indicate that Teddy Bear was not dead after all.

Among his own compositions are "I Didn't Jump The Fence" and "Missing You", which was a UK hit for Jim Reeves. Sovine recorded "The Hero" as a tribute to John Wayne, and his son, Roger Wayne Sovine, was named in his honour. The young Sovine was briefly a country singer, making the lower end of the US country charts with "Culman, Alabam" and "Little Bitty Nitty Gritty Dirt Town". Red Sovine's country music owed nothing to contemporary trends but his sentimentality was popular in UK clubs. He had no big-time image and, while touring the UK, he made a point of visiting specialist country music shops. In 1980 Sovine died of a heart attack at the wheel of his car in Nashville. The following year, as CB radio finally hit the UK, a reissue of "Teddy Bear" reached number 5, his first UK chart entry.

Frank DeVol, Entertainer, Moundsville. 1911-1999

b. Herman Frank De Vol, 20 September 1911, Moundsville, West Virginia, USA, d. 27 October 1999, Lafayette, California, USA. Raised in Canton, Ohio, De Vol's father led a local film theatre pit band in which he played violin and saxophone before graduating from high school in 1929. A planned career in law took him briefly to university, which he abandoned for a musical career. De Vol played in various bands, including those of Emerson Gill, Horace Heidt and Alvino Rey, and toured with the George Olsen-Ethel Shutta troupe. During the 40s, settled in California, he led his own band on radio and later on television. The latter included shows headlined by Rosemary Clooney, Betty White and Dinah Shore. Also active in recording studios, he accompanied Mel Torme on 1949 sessions and most notably Ella Fitzgerald resulting in several albums between 1957 and 1964.

Mostly though, from the mid-50s De Vol was composing scores for films including Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Attack (1956), Pillow Talk (1959, Oscar nominated), Murder, Inc. (1960), What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962), McLintock! (1963), Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964, Oscar nominated), Cat Ballou and The Flight Of The Phoenix (1965, the former Oscar-nominated), The Glass Bottom Boat (1966), The Dirty Dozen and Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? (1967, the latter Oscar-nominated), Krakatoa, East Of Java (1969), Ulzana's Raid (1972), Emperor Of The North Pole (1973), The Longest Yard aka The Mean Machine (1974), The Frisco Kid (1979), Herbie Goes Bananas (1980), and ... All The Marbles (1981). De Vol also composed music for the television shows Family Affair, The Smith Family, My Three Sons and The Brady Bunch. He also acted in television, including the early 60s sitcom I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, and in films, The Parent Trap (1961) and The Big Mouth (1967).

After the death of his first wife, Grayce, to whom he was married for more than 50 years, De Vol married singer Helen O'Connell who predeceased him. As well as film scores, De Vol wrote popular songs, usually in collaboration with others who included Mack David and Bobby Helfer: "I've Written A Letter To Daddy", "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?", "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte", "I And Claudie", "My Chinese Fair Lady", "The Chaperone". Sometimes during his career, alternative spelling of his name were used: Frank DeVol, Frank Devol and Frank deVol. Sometimes, only his surname was used, this too appearing in alternative spellings: DeVol and De Vol.

Davis Grubb, Author, Moundsville. 1919-1980

(July 23, 1919 - July 24, 1980) was an American novelist and short story writer.

Born in Moundsville, West Virginia, Grubb wanted to combine his creative skills as a painter with writing and as such attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. However, his color blindess was a handicap he could not overcome and as such gave up on painting to dedicate himself to writing fiction. He did however do a number of drawings and sketches during the course of his career, some of which were incorporated into his writings.

In 1940, Grubb moved to New York City where he worked at NBC radio as a writer while using his free time to write short stories. In the mid 1940s he was successful in selling several short stories to major magazines and in the early 1950s he starting writing a full length novel. Influenced by accounts of economic hardship by depression-era Americans that his mother had seen first hand as a social worker, Grubb produced a dark tale that mixed the plight of poor children and adults with that of the evil inflicted by others.

His first novel, The Night of the Hunter, became an instant bestseller and was voted a finalist for the 1955 National Book Award. That same year, the book was made into a motion picture that is now regarded as a classic. Deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Davis Grubb went on to write a further nine novels and several collections of short stories. His 1969 novel Fools' Parade would also be made into a motion picture starring James Stewart. Some of Grubb's short stories were adapted for television by Alfred Hitchcock and by Rod Serling for his Night Gallery series.

Davis Grubb died in New York City in 1980. His novel Ancient Lights was published posthumously in 1982, and St. Martins Press published eighteen of his short stories in a book collection titled You Never Believe Me and Other Stories.

Lonnie Warwick, Pro Football Player, Mount Hope 

Lonnie Preston Warwick
Position: LB
Height: 6' 3'' Weight: 235
Born: 2/26/1942, in Raleigh, WV, USA
High School: Mount Hope (WV)
College: Tennessee, Tennessee Tech

Mike D'Antoni, NBA Basketplayer and Coach, Mullins

Mike D'Antoni (born May 9, 1951 in Mullens, West Virginia) is a basketball coach and former basketball player. He holds American and Italian dual citizenship. D'Antoni is currently head coach of the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. He has worked for the Phoenix franchise since 2003, and won the NBA Coach of the Year Award for the 2004-05 after leading the Suns to a 62-20 record and a trip to the Western Conference Finals.

Player career

After a college career at Marshall University, D'Antoni was drafted by the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in the 2nd round of the 1973 NBA Draft. He was all-NBA Rookie Second Team choice for 1974. After 3 seasons for the Kings (1974-1976), he Played for St. Louis Spirits of the American Basketball Association in 1976, and for San Antonio Spurs (again NBA) in 1977.

D'Antoni was then called by the Italian team of Olimpia Milano, starting a great European career which turned him later in the club's all-time leading scorer. He was voted the league’s top point guard of all time in 1990 and he paced his team to five Italian League titles, two Cups of Europe, two Cups of Italy, one Korac Cup and one Intercontinental Cup. Being of Italian origins, D'Antoni was also selected to play on the Italy national basketball team for the World Cup in 1989.

D'Antoni nickname in Europe was Arsène Lupin for his ability in stealing balls from other players.

Coach career

D’Antoni began his career as head coach for his most loyal club, Milan: here he remained for four seasons, from 1990 to 1994, leading the club to the 1993 Korac Cup. He was then chosen to coach Pallacanestro Treviso (Benetton), another major Italian basketball club. During his tenure (1994–1997), the team captured the Cup of Europe and Coppa Italia (in 1995) and won the domestic league title in 1996-97. Coach D’Antoni's Italian teams went to the playoffs each season, and he was twice voted the league’s Coach of the Year.

First NBA coaching job was with the Denver Nuggets in 1998-99, and was the club’s director of player personnel in 1997-98. He was also an assistant for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2000-01 and a scout for San Antonio Spurs during the 1999-2000 season.

Recently selected to the coaching staff for the Team USA Olympic Basketball squad under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Pundits believe his familiarity with the three point shot and the zone defense, hallmarks of the international game, will be valuable assets to the team.

D'Antoni has dual citizenship in the United States and Italy: this made him the first Italian ever to lead an NBA team. He is fluent in both English and Italian.

Robert Lee "Sam" Huff , Football Player, Farmington

(born October 4, 1934, Farmington, West Virginia) is a former American football linebacker who played for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins after earning All-America honors at West Virginia University. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

Long considered one of the most physical defensive players in the annals of NFL history, Huff ended his professional career with 30 interceptions, hauling in at least one interception during each season he played.

One of six children, Huff was born in a West Virginia mining camp called Edna Gap and watched his family struggle through the depths of the Depression. Motivated by these hurdles, Huff took up football at Farmington High School and earned a scholarship to West Virginia University.

Huff majored in physical education in college, expecting to use his degree in a teaching capacity. However, his skills on the football field helped lead the Mountaineers to a 31-7 record during his collegiate career. On an individual level, Huff garnered not only a berth on the 1955 All-America squad, but a third round draft selection by the New York Giants as well.

When Giants head coach Jim Lee Howell couldn't decide where to play him, Sam almost left the team before he was stopped by assistant coach Vince Lombardi. When middle linebacker Ray Beck was injured in the season's third game, Huff stepped in and excelled, a factor that led to Beck's retirement soon afterwards. Huff's work on defense played a major role in helping the Giants win their first NFL Championship since 1938.

After being dethroned by the Cleveland Browns the following year, the Giants would return to the Championship Game in five of the next six seasons, but came up on the short end of the stick on each occasion.

Those disappointments failed to limit Huff's image in the national spotlight. Playing in the media capital of the world, Huff would be featured on the November 30, 1959 edition of Time Magazine, and was also the subject of an October 31, 1960 CBS special, "The Violent World of Sam Huff." At one point, Huff was making more for his off-the-field duties than on the gridiron. (New York-based comedian Alan King talked about the CBS program in one of his books, in mock wonderment about how the sound in his set was good enough to hear bones crunching).

Huff earned a host of honors during his time with the Giants, including being named Top NFL Linebacker in 1959, four consecutive Pro Bowl selections (1958-1961), and winning a spot on the All-NFL team three times. During his 13-year career, Huff's most memorable on-field duels came against a pair of running backs, Cleveland's Jim Brown, and Green Bay's Jim Taylor

Allie Sherman, who had taken over as Giants head coach for Howell in 1961, traded Huff to the Washington Redskins on April 10, 1964 as part of a five-player deal, one of a series of moves that sent the once-proud Giants into a tailspin. In 1964, Huff went to his fifth, and final, Pro Bowl.

When Huff arrived, the Redskin defense had given up the most points in the NFL in 1963, and had been a perennial also-ran in that category since 1958. After his first season, the Redskins improved to seventh, but after four seasons with the team, he retired from football, primarily due to differences with Washington head coach Otto Graham. When Vince Lombardi returned to coach football in 1969, Huff returned to the Redskins as a player-coach for two seasons.

Upon his final retirement as a player, Huff entered the broadcast booth, spending one season as part of the Giants radio team. He then went on to the Redskins, having spent the last three decades working in the same capacity.

In 1999, he was ranked number 76 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

On November 24, 2005, Huff's uniform number 75 was retired by West Virginia University.

Lew Burdette, Baseball Player, Nitro. 1926-2007

Selva Lewis Burdette, Jr. (November 22, 1926 – February 6, 2007) was an American right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Boston and Milwaukee Braves. The team's top righthander during its years in Milwaukee, he was the Most Valuable Player of the 1957 World Series, leading the franchise to its first championship in 43 years, and the only title in Milwaukee history. An outstanding control pitcher, his career average of 1.84 walks per nine innings pitched places him behind only Robin Roberts (1.73), Carl Hubbell (1.82) and Juan Marichal (1.82) among pitchers with at least 3000 innings since 1920.

Born in Nitro, West Virginia, Burdette was signed by the New York Yankees in 1947, and after making two relief appearances for the team in September 1950, he was traded to the Braves in August 1951 for four-time 20-game winner Johnny Sain. Along with left-hander Warren Spahn and hardworking Bob Buhl, he gave the Braves one of the best starting rotations in the majors during the 1950s, winning 15 or more games eight times between 1953 and 1961. When Milwaukee won the 1957 World Series against the Yankees, Burdette became the first pitcher in 37 years to win three complete games in a Series, and the first since Christy Mathewson in 1905 to pitch two shutouts (Games 5 and 7). In the 1958 Series, however, the Yankees defeated Burdette twice in three starts. In addition to winning 20 games in 1958 and 21 in 1959, Burdette won 19 in 1956 and 1960, 18 in 1961, and 17 in 1957. In two All-Star games, he allowed only one run in seven innings pitched, and in 1956 he topped National League pitchers with a 2.70 earned run average. He also led the NL in shutouts twice, and in wins, innings and complete games once each.

Burdette was the winning pitcher on May 26, 1959 when the Pittsburgh Pirates' Harvey Haddix pitched a perfect game against the Braves for 12 innings, only to lose in the 13th. Burdette threw a 1-0 shutout, scattering 12 hits. In the ensuing offseason, he joked, "I'm the greatest pitcher that ever lived. The greatest game that was ever pitched in baseball wasn't good enough to beat me, so I've got to be the greatest!" The next year, facing the minimum 27 batters, Burdette pitched a 1–0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 18, 1960. Tony González, the only opposing batter to reach base after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning, was retired on a double play. Burdette helped himself by scoring the only run of the game. Following up his no-hitter, five days later he pitched his third shutout in a row.

As a hitter, he compiled a .183 batting average with 75 RBI and 12 home runs; his first two home runs came in the same 1957 game, and he later had two more two-homer games.

In 1963 Burdette was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals (1963-64), and was later sent to the Chicago Cubs (1964-65) and Phillies (1965). Signing with the California Angels, he pitched exclusively in relief for the team in 1966-67 before retiring. In an 18-year career, Burdette posted a 203-144 record with 1074 strikeouts and a 3.66 ERA in 3067.1 innings, compiling 158 complete games and 33 shutouts. His totals of wins, games and innings with the Braves ranked behind only Spahn and Kid Nichols in franchise history.

Burdette also cut a record in the 1950s entitled "Three Strikes and Then You're Out".

Burdette died of lung cancer at age 80 at his home in Winter Garden, Florida.



Captain James Van Pelt Jr., Army Air Corps Navigator, Oak Hill

WWII navigator, was born here in 1922. He was the navigator aboard the B-29 which dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan in World War II.

George Cafego, Football Player, Whipple. 1915-1998


Date of birth August 29, 1915
Place of birth Whipple, WV
Date of death February 9, 1998
Position(s) Halfback
College Tennessee
NFL Draft 1940 / Round 1/ Pick 1
1940, 1943
Brooklyn Dodgers
Washington Redskins
Boston Yanks

George Cafego (August 29, 1915 - February 9, 1998) was a star college, and professional football player and coach. Cafego earned the nickname "Bad News" for his extraordinary play on the field. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.

High school and collegiate career

Born in rural Whipple, West Virginia, Cafego attended Oak Hill High School in nearby Scarboro. He went to the University of Tennessee as a halfback under coach Robert Neyland. While there, he compiled 2,139 total yards and two All-American team selections. In addition to running and passing the ball, Cafego also served as punter and kick returner, excelling at both.

Professional career

Cafego was drafted as a number one overall pick in 1940 by the Brooklyn Dodgers of the NFL. After playing one season, his career was interrupted by a brief stint of Army service in World War II. Returning to the Dodgers in 1943, he was traded to the Washington Redskins after five unspectacular games. For the 1944 and 1945 seasons, Cafego played for the Boston Yanks before retiring.

Coaching career

After his playing days were over, Cafego served as an assistant coach at Wyoming, Furman, Arkansas, and 30 years at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee. He retired from coaching following the 1984 season.

Cafego died in Knoxville, Tennessee at the age of 82 and was buried in Fayette County, West Virginia.

Jessica Lynch, U.S.Army Soldier and Prisoner Of War, Palestine

Place of birth Palestine, West Virginia
Years of service unknown — August 27, 2003
Rank Private First Class
Unit 507th Maintenance Company
Battles/wars Operation Iraqi Freedom
Awards Bronze Star Medal
Prisoner of War Medal
Purple Heart

Jessica Dawn Lynch (born April 26, 1983 in Palestine, West Virginia), a Quartermaster Corps Private First Class (PFC) in the United States Army, was a prisoner of war of the Iraqi military in the 2003 invasion of Iraq who was rescued by United States forces on April 1, 2003. Lynch, then a 19-year-old supply clerk with the 507th Maintenance Company (based in Fort Bliss, Texas), was injured and captured by Iraqi forces after her group made a wrong turn and was subsequently ambushed on March 23, 2003 near Nasiriyah, a major crossing point over the Euphrates River northwest of Basra. She was initially listed as missing in action. Eleven other soldiers in the company were killed in the ambush. Five other soldiers, later rescued, were captured and held as prisoners of war.

Accounts of the events in between Lynch's capture and her rescue were incomplete and contradictory, and Lynch herself has no clear recollection of this period. Dr. Greg Argyros, assistant chief of the Department of Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center where Lynch was treated, stated that, "Anytime anybody goes through a traumatic event of any kind, there is the risk that they may have a period that they don't remember what happened."

Prisoner of War

After some time in the custody of the Iraqi army regiment which captured her, Lynch was taken to a hospital in Nasiriya. Iraqi hospital staff, including Doctors Harith Al-Houssona and Anmar Uday, claim to have shielded Lynch from Iraqi military and government agents who were using the hospital as a base of military operations. U.S. forces were tipped off as to Lynch's whereabouts by an Iraqi, sympathetic to her plight, who told them she had been tortured and injured but was still alive. The Iraqi was described as a 32-year-old lawyer, initially described only as "Mohammed" and later identified as one Mohammed Odeh al Rehaief. In light of Mohammed's role in Lynch's rescue, Mohammed and his family were granted refugee status by American forces.

Initial reports indicated that Mohammed's wife was a nurse by the name of Iman in the hospital where Lynch was being held captive, and that while visiting his wife at the hospital, Mohammed noticed that security was heightened and inquired as to why. However, hospital personnel later confirmed only part of Mohammed's story, indicating that while Mohammed had indeed visited the hospital, his wife was not a nurse there, nor was there any nurse by the name of Iman working there. While visiting the hospital from which Lynch was eventually extracted, Mohammed claimed that he observed an Iraqi colonel slapping Lynch. "My heart stopped," said Mohammed, "I knew then I must help her be saved. I decided I must go to tell the Americans."

Mohammed's story has been disputed by doctors working at the hospital, who claim that Lynch was shielded and protected from Iraqi military personnel by hospital staff and was cared for well throughout her stay at the hospital. Moreover, according to reports, on March 30, Dr. Al-Houssona reportedly attempted to have Lynch delivered to the U.S. forces, an attempt which had to be abandoned when the Americans fired on the ambulance carrying her.

According to Mohammed's version of the events leading up to Lynch's rescue, he walked six miles to a United States Marine checkpoint to inform American forces that he knew where Lynch was being held. After talking with the Marines, Mohammed was then sent back to the hospital to gather information that was used to plan Lynch's rescue. Allegedly Mohammed returned to the checkpoint with five different maps of the hospital and the details of the security layout, reaction plan, and shift changes.

The U.S. military reportedly learned of Lynch's location from several informants, one of whom was Mohammed. After Mohammed came forward and confirmed Lynch's location, officials with the Defense Intelligence Agency equipped and trained an unnamed person, possibly Mohammed, alternatively listed as an Iraqi informant and as a Central Intelligence Agency agent, with a concealed video camera. On the day of the raid, the informant walked around the hospital, secretly videotaping entrances and a route to Lynch's room. Ultimately, Mohammed was reportedly paid for his services.

On April 1, 2003, U.S. Marines staged a diversionary attack, besieging nearby Iraqi irregulars to draw them away from Saddam Hospital in Nasiriyah. Meanwhile, a joint unit assault element of Delta Force, the Navy's SEALs, Air Force Pararescue Jumpers (PJs), and a security force of Army Rangers launched the nighttime raid of the hospital and successfully rescued Lynch along with the bodies of 8 other american soldiers.

After the operation, a large amount of criticism was levied on the American forces that raided the hospital. Some tabloids claimed the event to be staged, and there are many who beleive the event was misused to put positive spin on an unpopular war. According to the doctors, they were herded into groups, treated like insurgents and valuable hospital property was needlessly damaged and destroyed. Additionally, the doctors claimed that the Iraqi military had left the hospital the day before, and no one in the hospital offered any resistance to the American forces during the raid. Many military and Special Forces experts have defended the tactics of the operators who led the raid, saying that the men are trained to expect the worst and move quickly, dynamically, and treat each person they encounter as a possible threat.

Lynch's injuries

It was unclear what injuries Lynch had at the time of her rescue, but it appears she suffered a head laceration, an injury to her spine, and fractures to her right arm, both legs, and her right foot and ankle. Conflicting reports also existed that Lynch had suffered gunshot wounds to her left arm and right leg. Dr. Harith Al-Houssona, a doctor in the Nasirya hospital, described Lynch's injuries as "a broken arm, a broken thigh, and a dislocated ankle." According to Al-Houssona, there was no sign of gunshot or stab wounds, and Lynch's injuries were consistent with those that would be suffered in a car accident. Al-Houssona's claims were later confirmed in a U.S. Army report leaked on July 10, 2003.

In the book I Am A Soldier Too: The Jessica Lynch Story by Rick Bragg, the author alleges that Lynch was raped anally during her captivity, based on medical records and her pattern of injuries. Iraqi doctors who treated her have disputed the claim because Lynch's clothes were on and showed no sign of having been removed at any point and the degree of her injuries did not indicate rape—although they were not looking for signs of rape at the time. Lynch has no memory of being raped nor of being slapped or mistreated during her captivity.

Departure from Iraq

From Kuwait, Lynch was transported to a medical facility in Landstuhl, Germany, where she was expected to recover fully from her injuries. On the flight to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, the military medics kept her sedated and hydrated. She did not say much, they said, but she opened her eyes. Her family flew to Germany on April 5 to be reunited with her. In a statement, the hospital said, "Lynch had a big smile on her face when her parents arrived."

Lynch underwent back surgery on April 3 to correct a slipped vertebra that was putting pressure on her spinal cord. Since then, she has undergone several more surgeries to stabilize her fractures.

Eleven bodies were recovered at the same time as Lynch's rescue nine from a gravesite and two in the morgue. following forensic identification, eight were identified as fellow members of her company, including her best friend, Private First Class Lori Ann Piestewa. All were subsequently given posthumous Purple Hearts. Details of their deaths are unclear.

Private Lynch was not shown during a controversial display on Al Jazeera television of four other supply unit POWs, among whom was New Jersey-born James Riley. That video showed a number of dead soldiers from that unit with gunshot wounds to the forehead.

After learning of Mohammed's role in Lynch's rescue, Friends of Mohammed, a group based in Malden, West Virginia, was formed to fight for Mohammed's U.S. citizenship and to bring him to West Virginia. On April 29, 2003, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge announced that Mohammed Odeh al Rehaief, his wife, and their 5-year-old daughter had been granted humanitarian asylum on April 28. Al Rehaief and his family were brought to the United States at his request April 10. Al Rehaief published a book, Because Each Life Is Precious in October 2003, which reportedly netted him around US$300,000.

Return home

Upon her return she was greeted by thousands of West Virginia residents and by then-fiancee Army Sergeant Ruben Contreras.

On April 12, 2003, Private Lynch was flown to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. to undergo specialized treatment and rehabilitation. On April 17, she underwent surgery to repair a bone in her right foot.

While recovering in Washington, Lynch was inundated with gifts and flowers from well-wishers, so much so that she asked the public to send cards instead. Her family suggested that the public send money to charity and relief organizations.

Lynch was released from the hospital on July 22, more than three months after her injury.

On August 27, 2003, Lynch was given a medical honorable discharge. An authorized biography, written by Rick Bragg, was released in November 2003. NBC made a television movie called Saving Jessica Lynch which was about Mohammed's account of him rescuing Lynch. Much of the content in the movie had been disputed by others.

Controversy also arose regarding the varying treatment and media coverage of Lynch and Shoshanna Johnson, an African-American soldier captured in the same ambush as Lynch, but rescued later. Critics, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, contended that Johnson's race was a major reason that Johnson received little media attention and a smaller disability pension as compared to Lynch. Other criticism has focused on the ignoring of other members in her unit, such as Lori Piestewa. It should be noted, however, the criticism was not directed to Lynch herself but what was perceived to be biased media coverage. Lynch always spoke with great respect for her fellow soldiers, especially the ones who were killed in the incident. Lynch had been best friends with Piestewa and at her homecoming gave this tribute: "I especially wanted to mention my best friend Lori Piestewa who died...I was proud to go to war with her and she will always be in my heart."

Plans and wishes from college

Lynch is a sophomore student at West Virginia University's Parkersburg campus, on a full scholarship because of her military service.

On May 6, 2006, Allison Barker of the Associated Press reported that Lynch, who had completed her freshmen year, avoids her military past at school despite wearing a brace on her left foot protecting nerve damage from her capture: "I think people recognize who I am; they just don't make it obvious. That's good for me because it gives me the opportunity to blend in and not stick out and really experience the college life, just like they are." Lynch also talked about her career plans and legacy: "I know I want to do something with children. [But] I haven't really found my direction, with everything I've been through....I want people to remember me as being a soldier who went over there and did my job. Nothing special. I'm just a country girl at heart."

On August 24, 2006, Good Morning America Weekend Edition co-anchor Kate Snow reported that Lynch wrote a letter stating she will have a baby by the end of the year. Foxnews.com reported that Lynch and her boyfriend Wes Robinson will have their first child in January. Jessica made the statement: "I was not sure if this could ever happen for me, learning to walk again and coping with the internal injuries that I still deal with pale in comparison to the tremendous joy of carrying this child." Jessica gave birth on January 19, 2007 through a caesarean section, and named her daughter "Dakota Ann" after her fallen friend, Lori Ann Piestewa, the first woman killed in the Iraq War. Her daughter's first name was chosen because "Dakota" means "friendship" or "ally" and all three individuals share the same middle name of "Ann."

Lynch's criticism

Months after returning, Lynch finally began speaking to the public. Her statements tended to be sharply critical of the original story presented by the Pentagon. When asked about her hero status, "That wasn't me. I'm not about to take credit for something I didn't do ... I'm just a survivor."

She denied the claims that she fought until being wounded, reporting that her weapon jammed immediately, and that she could not have done anything anyway. Interviewed with Diane Sawyer, Lynch stated, concerning the Pentagon: "They used me to symbolize all this stuff. It's wrong. I don't know why they filmed [my rescue] or why they say these things". She also stated "I did not shoot, not a round, nothing. I went down praying to my knees. And that's the last I remember." She reported excellent treatment in Iraq, and that one person in the hospital even sang to her to help her feel at home.

An NBC TV movie depicting Lynch's ambush and rescue, Saving Jessica Lynch, was aired in the U.S. on November 9, 2003, starring Laura Regan as Lynch. In an interview published in the August 15, 2005 Time magazine, Lynch stated that she saw some of it, but that the inaccuracies in it upset her enough so, that she did not finish watching all of it. She added that she may watch the entire film some day.

Nude photographs

On November 11, 2003, Larry Flynt announced to the Associated Press he purchased photographs of a "fully nude" Lynch who was "frolicking with the soldiers" in an Army barracks. Flynt told the press that the soldiers who sold him the photos "wanted to let it be known that she's not all apple pie." While Flynt admitted he bought nude photos of PFC Jessica Lynch to publish in Hustler magazine, he later changed his mind and the photos were not released. Flynt claimed his decision to "lock [the photographs] in a vault" was because he thought she was a "good kid" who became "a pawn for the government." "Some things are more important than money," he said. "You gotta do the right thing." Thus, the photographs have never been leaked or published. It is suggested in some circles that Flynt decided not to publish the photos because of his vocal opposition to the Bush administration; the implication being that he did not want to damage Lynch's newfound credibility among critics of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. Others have suggested that Flynt never had any photos, and the whole thing was a publicity stunt.

Douglas (Wilson) Johnson, Geologist, Parkersburg. 1878–1944

Geomorphologist and geographer, born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA. After earning his PhD from Columbia University, he taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1903–7) and Harvard University (1907–12), where he met William M Davis, the leading expert in geomorphology, then returned to teach at Columbia. Intensely patriotic, he was commissioned a major by army intelligence during World War 1 and studied the effect of land formation on military strategy in Europe. A professor at Columbia (1919–44), he published The Shore Processes and Shoreline Development (1919) and New England-Acadian Shoreline (1925), later founding the Journal of Geomorphology (1938–42).

Harold Webster, Cartoonist, Parkersburg. 1885-1953

Harold Tucker Webster was an American cartoonist. His first cartoons appeared in the New York Tribune in 1912, when he was in his mid-twenties. He changed his titles, based on what type of humour was within the panel; some were: Our Boyhood Ambitions, The Unseen Audience, and Life's Darkest Moment.

Though Webster's humour sometimes appears gentle, it usually stung. This has made him well known as "The Mark Twain of American Cartoonists".

In 1924, however, he moved his panels to The New York World. Soon after, he added The Timid Soul to his list of cartoons. This would soon become one of his most well-known panels. It features Caspar Milquetoast, a wimpy character whose name is derived from milk toast. Harold Webster himself describes Caspar Milquetoast as "the man who speaks softly and gets hit with a big stick".

In 1931, the World folded. Also in 1931, Simon & Schuster brought out the only collection of reprints from The Timid Soul. Harold Webster then went back to the Tribune — only now it was called The New York Herald-Tribune. He then began a Sunday page of The Timid Soul alone, where readers could more closely peer into Caspar's life.

Because the strip was so successful, Webster's assistant Herb Roth took it over when Webster died in 1952. Unfortunately, Herb died in 1953, and then the strip faded into history.

On June 22, 1949, the Dumont TV network tried to bring The Timid Soul to the television. They made it the premiere presentation of their Program Playhouse series. Playing Caspar Milquetoast was Ernest Truest. It wasn't a big hit.

In the dictionary, milquetoast means a very shy or retiring person. This was taken, of course, from Harold Webster's cartoons.

Monroe Jackson, President of Standard Oil, Rathbone. 1900-1976

Oil executive, born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA, the great-nephew of General Thomas‘Stonewall’ Jackson. He finished a 44-year career with Standard Oil of New Jersey (later Exxon) as president (1954–65), chief executive officer, and chairman of the board (1963–5), having greatly expanded the company's overseas production and sales. Regarded as the most influential individual in his industry, his technical innovations included the fluid catalytic cracking process.

Walter "Piggy" Barnes, Actor, Parkersburg. 1918-1998

Date of birth 26 January 1918, Parkersburg, West Virginia,

Date of death 6 January 1998, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California,  (diabetes)

An American character actor described to some as a 'rugged outdoor western/war type', proved to be Walter Barnes status in motion pictures for nearly thirty years. A pro football player, Barnes made a mark into playing roles in pictures with his performance in the 1957 film "Westbound". Although, Barnes found work in countless foreign films of the 1960s, he usually played roles ranging from crusty law officals to occasional villians, in notable roles in "Captain Sinbad", John Wayne's "Cahill US Marshal", Clint Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter", "Pete's Dragon" and "Day of the Animals". Also as a veteran of television, Barnes has had guest starring roles in such series including "Gunsmoke", "Rawhide" and "Cheyenne". He also played Bo Svenson's father on the early 80s TV series "Walking Tall" and appeared in the 1985-86 mini series "North and South". A diabetic, Barnes retired from acting in the late 1980s and eventually moved into the Motion Picture and Television Retirement Home in Woodland Hills, California, were he passed away in January of 1998.


Played football for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1948 to 1951. Before acting career, played professional football for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, 1948-1951.

Following WWII, Walter 'Piggy' Barnes was an All-Conference, 60-minute lineman and weightlifer at LSU (1946-48).

Barnes, while an NFL player with the Philadelphia Eagles, was caught by the University of Oklahoma spying on their practices being held in Biloxi, MS just prior to the 1950 Sugar Bowl in which they were to play against LSU. They were tipped off by an LSU fan of all things, and a 6-man posse including a photographer and a Biloxi policemen caught Barnes with 2 ladders, a 4x6 between them to stand on, a canvas tarp to hide under, a camera, a notebook and some binoculars in his possession. They took a photo of him for posterity which still hangs at Owen Field to this day. Barnes ran away and hid in the home of another former LSU player. Whether or not LSU knew anything about it has been denied by LSU and debated for over 50 years, but it apparently didn't help anyway --- Oklahoma beat LSU 35-0. Barnes denied it was him in the photo his entire life and took it to his grave.

Sometimes Credited As Walter 'Barney' Barnes / Walter 'Piggy' Barnes

Linda Goodman, Author, Parkersburg or Morgantown. 1925-1995

Linda Goodman, (April 9, 1925 - October 21, 1995) was a New York Times bestselling American astrologer and poet.

Early life

She was born Mary Alice Kemery, by some accounts in her parent's hometown of Parkersburg, West Virginia and by her own account in her maternal grandparents' house on Kingwood Street in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Although Goodman refused to ever reveal her year of birth, swearing even her father to silence, it emerged posthumously that she was born in 1925.[2]

She graduated from Central High School in Parkersburg, in 1943. The school is now called Parkersburg High School.


She assumed the name Linda during World War II for a popular WCOM radio show in Parkersburg that she hosted called Love Letters from Linda. Each show consisted of Linda reading letters written between soldiers and their loved ones. Each letter was punctuated with a popular song of the day. While working in radio, she met her second husband, Sam O. Goodman and took his last name.

Linda Goodman began her career writing for newspapers in the eastern and southeastern United States. She also wrote speeches for black American civil rights leader Whitney Young, who served for several years as president of the National Urban League.

Some have suggested that Linda Goodman was responsible for accelerating the growth of the New Age movement through the unprecedented success of her first astrology book Linda Goodman's Sun Signs (1968). This was the first astrology book ever to earn a spot on the New York Times Bestseller List. It was followed by yet another success with Linda Goodman's Love Signs (1978), which also made the New York Times Bestseller List.

Other books by Linda Goodman include:

  • Venus Trines at Midnight (1970)
  • Linda Goodman’s Love Poems (1980)
  • Linda Goodman’s Star Signs: the secret codes of the universe (1987)
  • Gooberz (1989)
  • Linda Goodman’s Relationship Signs (1998)

Gooberz begun in 1967, is one long epic poem riddled with a myriad of occult references and symbolism. It is also a thinly veiled autobiography, which explores two of her significant romantic relationships, her marriage to William Snyder, and her love affair with marine biologist Robert Brewer. It also touches on the birth of her four children Sally Snyder, Bill Snyder, Jill Goodman and Michael Goodman. The book surveys her ideas on reincarnation, karma, love, and miracles.

Goodman's books also reference what she referred to as the "disappearance" of her eldest daughter, Sally Snyder, and the mystery around her reported death. Linda Goodman spent much money and many years trying to find Sally, long after police closed the case as a suicide or accidental suicide.

Linda made Cripple Creek, Colorado her home during the latter part of her adult life.

Later life and death

A businesswoman from Ireland named Crystal Bush befriended Linda at the end of her life and obtained the publicity rights to Linda Goodman's name at her death. Crystal Bush published the book "Linda Goodman's Relationship Signs" after Linda's death.

Linda Goodman died on October 21, 1995, in Colorado from complications of diabetes. She was 70.


Paul Dooley, Actor, Parkersburg

AKA Paul Brown, Born: 22-Feb-1928, Birthplace: Parkersburg, WV

Paul Dooley (born Paul Brown on February 22, 1928 in Parkersburg, West Virginia) is an American character actor.

Dooley was a keen cartoonist as a youth and drew a strip for a local paper in Parkersburg. He joined the Navy before discovering acting while at college. Moving to New York, he soon found success as a regular on the stage.

Also having an interest in comedy, Dooley was a standup comedian for five years, and a member of the Compass Players, as well as having brief stints as a magician and as a clown. Not afraid of trying different areas of entertainment, he also worked as a writer. He was one of the writers on The Electric Company and appeared in commercials.

Besides appearing in many movies, including most notably Popeye and Breaking Away, Dooley has also appeared as a variety of recurrent characters on numerous television shows, including My So-Called Life, Dream On, Grace Under Fire, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine where he played the recurring role of Enabran Tain. He guest starred in other primetime shows like Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Desperate Housewives. He was also in the infamous alternate ending to Little Shop of Horrors, but was replaced by Jim Belushi in the final cut.

His most famous role was in 1984's Sixteen Candles in which he played the understanding father of the character played by Molly Ringwald, Samantha Baker. Recently, he voiced the character Sarge in Pixar's Cars.

He is married to writer Winnie Holzman, with whom he has one daughter, Savannah (born 1985).


  • Hairspray (2007)
  • Cars (2006)
  • Come Away Home (2005)
  • Madison (2005)
  • Crazy Little Thing (2003)
  • A Mighty Wind (2003)
  • Insomnia (2002)
  • A Woman's a Helluva Thing (2001)
  • Happy, Texas (1999)
  • Guinevere (1999)
  • Runaway Bride (1999)
  • Clockwatchers (1998)
  • Angels in the EndZone (1997)
  • Telling Lies in America (1997)
  • Waiting for Guffman (1997)
  • God's Lonely Man (1996)
  • Out There (1995)
  • Evolver (1994)
  • The Underneath (1994)
  • State of Emergency (1993)
  • A Dangerous Woman (1993)
  • My Boyfriend's Back (1993)
  • The Player (1992)
  • Shakes the Clown (1992)
  • White Hot - The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd (1991)
  • Flashback (1990)
  • Lip Service (1988)
  • Last Rites (1988)
  • O.C. & Stiggs (1987)
  • Monster in the Closet (1986)
  • Sixteen Candles (1984)
  • Strange Brew (1983)
  • Endangered Species (1982)
  • Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)
  • Popeye (1980)
  • Breaking Away (1979)
  • Rich Kids (1979)
  • A Wedding (1978)
  • Slap Shot (1977)
  • Foreplay (1975)

Deep Space Nine appearances

  • "The Wire"
  • "Improbable Cause"
  • "The Die is Cast"
  • "In Purgatory's Shadow"


    Coming of Age Dick Hale (1988-89)
    Dream On Mickey Tupper (Martin's father) (1992-94)
    Grace Under Fire John Shirley (1994-96)
    Hopeless Pictures Bartender (voice, 2005-)

    Filmography as an actor

    Cars (14-Mar-2006) [VOICE]
    Employee of the Month (17-Jan-2004)
    A Mighty Wind (12-Mar-2003)
    Insomnia (3-May-2002)
    I'll Remember April (16-Jan-2001)
    Madison (2001)
    Guinevere (04-Sep-1999)
    Runaway Bride (25-Jul-1999)
    Happy, Texas (Jan-1999)
    Angels in the Endzone (13-Dec-1997)
    Telling Lies in America (2-Aug-1997)
    Clockwatchers (12-Jun-1997)
    Loved (Apr-1997)
    Waiting for Guffman (21-Aug-1996)
    Underneath (28-Apr-1995)
    Evolver (Mar-1995)
    The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (18-Feb-1995)
    A Dangerous Woman (10-Sep-1993)
    My Boyfriend's Back (6-Aug-1993)
    Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (8-May-1993)
    The Player (3-Apr-1992) Himself
    Shakes the Clown (13-Mar-1992)
    Flashback (2-Feb-1990)
    Last Rites (18-Nov-1988)
    The Murder of Mary Phagan (24-Jan-1988)
    O.C. and Stiggs (10-Jul-1987)
    Monster in the Closet (30-Jan-1987)
    Big Trouble (30-May-1986)
    Sixteen Candles (4-May-1984)
    Going Berserk (28-Oct-1983)
    Strange Brew (19-Aug-1983)
    Kiss Me Goodbye (22-Dec-1982)
    Endangered Species (5-Nov-1982)
    HealtH (7-Apr-1982)
    Paternity (2-Oct-1981)
    Popeye (12-Dec-1980)
    Breaking Away (18-Jul-1979)
    A Perfect Couple (6-Apr-1979)
    A Wedding (29-Aug-1978)
    Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (1-Apr-1977) [VOICE]
    Slap Shot (25-Feb-1977)
    Up the Sandbox (21-Dec-1972)
    The Out-of-Towners (28-May-1970)

Patsy Ramsey, Miss West Virginia, Parkersburg. 1956-1996

Patricia "Patsy" Ramsey (née Paugh) (December 29, 1956 — June 24, 2006), was the mother of JonBenét Ramsey, a 6-year-old American beauty pageant contestant who was murdered in her Boulder, Colorado home on December 26, 1996.


Patsy Ramsey was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia to Donald and Nedra Paugh. She graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1974, and went on to attend West Virginia University, from which she graduated with a B.A. in journalism in 1978. While in college, Patsy was a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, and won the Miss West Virginia beauty title in 1977. Her sister Pamela also won the Miss West Virginia title in 1980.

Patsy married John Ramsey on November 5, 1980. Their son, Burke, was born on January 27, 1987. Patsy gave birth to her second child, JonBenét, on August 6, 1990 in Atlanta. Patsy moved with her family to Colorado in 1991.

After the mysterious murder of JonBenét in the family's Boulder home in December of 1996, Boulder law enforcement officials declared that Patsy and her husband were "under an umbrella of suspicion" ) due to their possible involvement in the crime. John and Patsy Ramsey spent the next ten years defending themselves against the allegations, insisting that an intruder killed their daughter. In this murder case, as of 2006 no charges have ever been filed against anyone.


Patsy Ramsey died on June 24, 2006 of ovarian cancer, which she was diagnosed with in 1993 and which had been in remission at the time of her daughter's murder (she suffered a relapse in 2003). Ramsey passed away less than two months before Boulder law enforcement officials announced their plans to arrest John Mark Karr, a former elementary school teacher who falsely confessed to the murder (see

Allie Raye, Actress, Parkersburg

21 October 19??, Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA
Sometimes Credited As Alyssa Rai Lyons

Allie is one of Hollywood's favorite character actresses. Allie has been very lucky with her career. She was hand-picked as the Hamburger Mom by Steven Spielberg for Minority Report. The role was written for her after he saw her audition tape. Spielberg called Allie "A Jewish Soprano." She worked side by side Tom Cruise and kept him laughing the entire time.

The multi-talented Eric Stoltz, directed her in an episode of Once and Again, and like Spielberg, created a couple of extra scenes for her after watching her work.

Not your classic Hollywood actress, in looks or attitude, Allie is refreshing in her approach to her career and the pursuit of her dream. This "Rubinesque actress with a 24-hour glass figure" has proven not only to herself, but also to those around her that dreams can come true. Size doesn't matter! She has a contagious energy and drive that inspires anyone who comes in contact with her. Allie is admired and respected by those who know her and have had an opportunity to work with her. She has truly become one of Hollywood's favorite character actresses and upcoming producers. Allie's story is one worth sharing as an inspiration to anyone who has a dream.



  1. Carts (2007) (post-production) .... Biker Chick
  2. A Perfect Life (2006) .... Charly
  3. "Mind of Mencia" .... Redneck Wife (1 episode, 2006)
        - Royal Religious Rumble (2006)
    TV Episode .... Redneck Wife
  4. Domino (2005) (uncredited) .... Woman at Seminar
  5. "Over There" .... Claire (1 episode, 2005)
        - Situation Normal (2005)
    TV Episode .... Claire
  6. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" .... Phys Ed Teacher / ... (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
        - Episode dated 9 September 2005 (2005)
    TV Episode .... Phys Ed Teacher
        - Episode dated 23 November 2004 (2004)
    TV Episode .... Woman on Thanksgiving Float
  7. The Last Great Infomercial (2005) .... Midwest Housewife
  8. The Good Humor Man (2005) (uncredited) .... Lady in Airplane
  9. "ER" .... Lorraine (1 episode, 2005)
        - Here and There (2005)
    TV Episode .... Lorraine
  10. Charity (2004) .... Charity
  11. Purple Rose (2002) (V) .... Sam
  12. Minority Report (2002) .... Hamburger Mom
  13. "Once and Again" .... Day Nurse (1 episode, 2002)
        - Falling in Place (2002)
    TV Episode .... Day Nurse
  14. "The Practice" .... Marjorie Hooley (1 episode, 2000)
        - Brothers' Keepers (2000)
    TV Episode .... Marjorie Hooley
  15. "High Incident" .... Displaced Survivor #1 (1 episode, 1996)
        - Shake, Rattle & Roll (1996)
    TV Episode .... Displaced Survivor #1
  16. Bad Hair Day: The Videos (1996) (V) .... Tourist (Amish Paradise)
  17. Vice Academy 4 (1994) .... Irwin's Date
    ... aka Vice Academy Part 4 (Australia: video title)
  18. Good Girls Don't (1993) (as Alyssa Rai Lyons) .... Jeannie's Cellmate
  1. A Perfect Life (2006) (producer)
  2. Queer Eye for the Homeless Guy (2005) (producer)
  3. Jewz N the Hood (2005) (producer)
  4. Charity (2004) (producer)
  5. Purple Rose (2002) (V) (executive producer) (producer)
  1. A Perfect Life (2006)
  2. Charity (2004)
  3. Purple Rose (2002) (V)
  1. Still Green (2007) (budget consultant)
  2. The Memory Thief (2006) (production coordinator)

Admiral Felix Budwell Stump, Navy Admiral, Parkersburg

The many decorations received by Admiral Stump for his exemplary service in the Pacific Theater during World War II are represented in the shield. The blue silhouette cross refers to the Navy Cross twice awarded him while in command of Carrier Division 24; the white central star denotes the Silver Star Medal awarded "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action" against enemy-held islands. The Legion of Merit (which he was awarded three times) is indicated by the crossed arrows in scarlet and white. The U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal, received for exceptionally meritorious services as commander of a combined operations center during the early part of the war, is represented by the colors scarlet, white and blue, the colors of the suspension ribbon of the medal. The four smaller stars in gold are in recognition of the attainment of the rank of Admiral. The gold shield is symbolic of knowledge and achievement.

Admiral Stump's Navy career, his noted boldness, and his service aboard six aircraft carriers are presented by the griffin holding an anchor.

Perhaps the best way to summarize Admiral Stump's philosophy towards his naval career, as well as the best way to summarize the conduct of the proud ship that bears his name, is the ship's motto: TENACITY: FOUNDATION OF VICTORY.

USS Stump is the 16th SPRUANCE-class destroyer. Built by Ingalls Shipbuilding, West Bank, Pascagoula, MS, her keel was laid on July 21, 1975. She was launched on January 8, 1977 and commissioned on August 19, 1978.

The USS Stump's 1980 maiden deployment was to the Mediterranean, serving as flagship for COMDESRON FOURTEEN. Stump conducted Black Sea operations, port visits and extensive USW operations. As a result of her outstanding performance, Stump was awarded the "Hookem Award" for USW excellence by the Commander U.S. Sixth Fleet.

A year later Stump deployed as USCOMSOLANT Flagship for UNITAS XXII. It was on this cruise that Stump obtained it's mascot Felix, a Bluefronted Amazon Parrot, during a port visit to Brazil.

In October 1982, Stump deployed to the Persian Gulf as a part of the Middle East Force to conduct radar picket operations. Returning home in March 1983, Stump participated in Solid Shield '83, a complex exercise involving U.S. NATO ships and the U.S. Air Force.

March 1984 was highlighted by Stump's adoption as state Flagship of West Virginia. Stump than traveled to New Orleans as the U.S. Navy's Host Ship for the 1984 World's Fair. Also in 1984, Stump won the James F. Chezek Memorial Gunnery Award by shooting an extraordinary 496 out of 500 during Naval Gunfire Support Qualifications.

Admiral W. L. McDonald, Commander in Chief Atlantic Fleet, embarked in March 1985 for CARIBOPS '85. While in the Caribbean, Stump again shot Naval Gunfire Support Qualifications and scored 495 out of 500 winning the Atlantic Fleet "Top Gun" award for an unprecedented second year in a row. Stump then deployed for UNITAS XXVI/WATC '85. During the deployment, Stump showed the Flag in port visits to eight South American Nations and six West African Nations. The year 1986 was significant for two reasons. First, Stump was chosen to become the test platform for the Navy's newest Hull Mounted Sonar, the AN/SQS-53C. Using advanced technology, the "53C" will be the sonar for the U.S. Navy combatants well into the twenty-first century. Secondly, Stump was awarded the COMDESRON TEN Battle "E" Efficiency award for overall excellence.

In 1988, Stump deployed to the Mediterranean as part of the USS Eisenhower Battle Group (MED 3-88). In April, and on 48 hour notice, Stump was directed to detach and proceed to the Persian Gulf to replace the USS Samuel B. Roberts which had suffered extensive damage from a mine explosion. Stump returned to Norfolk in August. Stump was underway again in October for six weeks of Caribbean Law Enforcement operations. In December, Stump was presented her second consecutive Battle "E" award by RADM Donnell, Commander Naval Surface Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

In October 1989, Stump again deployed to the Mediterranean as part of the Forrestal Battle Group (MED 1-90). During this deployment, Stump was extremely successful in conducting anti-submarine warfare exercises and was once again presented the "Hookem" award for excellence in the area of USW.

In August 1990, Stump transited to Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans, LA for overhaul and major Combat Systems Upgrade. She received the Vertical Launch System (VLS) which is designed to carry, among other things, the battle-proven Tomahawk missile. Stump also received the integrated AN/SQQ-89 USW system, the most sophisticated underwater surveillance system employed by surface vessels. The combination of these two systems makes Stump the most formidable destroyer of its kind in the world today.

In November 1992, Stump deployed to the Arabian Gulf and North Red Sea as part of MEF (1-93) to serve as a ready strike platform. The highlights of the deployment was the devastating Tomahawk missile strike launched against Iraq in support of Operation "Southern Watch" on January 17, 1993.

In July 1994, Stump again deployed to South America for UNITAS XXXV serving as the Flagship for Commander U.S. South Atlantic Force. Stump re-visited eight South American nations, as well as completing another successful transit of the Chilean Inland Waterway.

In February 1995, Stump deployed to the Caribbean Sea in support of Counter Drug Operations, transiting the Panama Canal. During this period Stump participated in a Search and Rescue mission in the Pacific Ocean. In cooperation with a Colombian Coast Guard Cutter, Stump located and recovered a survivor of a wrecked Colombian vessel. Stump returned in April 1995.

As part of a reorganization announced in mid-1995 of the Atlantic Fleet's surface combatant ships into six core battle groups, nine destroyer squadrons and a new Western Hemisphere Group, the USS Stump was reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 2. The reorganization was to be phased in over the summer and take effect on Aug. 31, with homeport shifts to occur through 1998.

Stump deployed in August 1996 for a Middle Eastern Force cruise to conduct Maritime Interception Operations and act as Ready Strike Destroyer in the Arabian Gulf. The USS Stump (DD 978) relieved the USS Laboon (DDG 58) on September 28 as the maritime interception operations/strike platform in the North Arabian Gulf. While in the Gulf, Stump completed over 40 boarding in support of Maritime Interdiction Operations and participated in 11 Arabian Gulf Tomahawk exercises, including one as Launch Area Coordinator. A mainstay during this deployment, Stump remained underway for over 80 percent of the time she was in the Gulf.

Following the return from its Middle Eastern Force deployment in February 1997, Stump conducted an extensive DSRA and immediately commenced a rigorous training cycle which culminated in a highly successful Final Evaluation Period. In January 1998 Stump commenced work-ups for its upcoming Sixth Fleet deployment by participating in COMPTUEX and JTFEX as part of the USS Eisenhower Battle Group. In March of 1998 the Sara Ann (a Fishing Trawler) was operating off the Virginia Cape when the seas became to much and she started taking on water. Stump was able to assist in rescuing the crew and provide safe passage back to Norfolk, VA.

The USS Stump (DD-978), while conducting routine operations on April 17, 1998, was informed by Coast Guard Station Portsmouth that the fishing vessel Sara Ann was in distress. The destroyer subsequently rescued four civilians about 65 nautical miles off Cape Hatteras, NC.

Stump deployed to the Mediterranean as part of Sixth Fleet in June 1998. The USS Stump, as part of Destroyer Squadron Two, joined five other nations and other U.S. Navy warships in the central Mediterranean for the execution of SHAREM 125, from July 9-15, 1998. SHAREM 125 was the latest in a series of SHAREM exercises designed to test and evaluate undersea warfare tactics, weapons, sensors and procedures. SHAREM is a Chief of Naval Operations program established in 1969 to continuously improve the quality of undersea warfare.

The USS Stump (DD 978), took part in the Fleet Battle Experiment Hotel (FBE-H) which was conducted by units of the 2nd Fleet and personnel of the Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC) from August 28 to September 12, 2000 off the Virginia Capes and in the Gulf of Mexico. This was the eighth in a series of fleet battle experiments designed to evaluate new naval warfare concepts and technological capabilities. Under U.S. Joint Forces Command's overarching experiment, "Millennium Challenge 00," FBE-H ran concurrently with the U.S. Army's Joint Contingency Force Advanced Warfighting Experiment, the U.S. Air Force Joint Contingency Force Experiment 2000 and the U.S. Marine Corps' Millennium Dragon.

The focus of FBE-H was the application of network centric operations in gaining and sustaining access in support of follow on joint operations. Access denial was expected to be the focus of any potential adversary's strategy. Specifically, FBE-H further developed NWDC's draft Access Concept entitled "Poseidon's Presence". In addition, the NATO exercise "Unified Spirit" ran concurrently with the JTFEX, with forces from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany and the United Kingdom playing major roles.

The USS Stump deployed in late November 2000 along with the USS Harry S Truman Battle Group. Prior to that, the USS Stump took part in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 01-1, to certify the carrier battle group for deployment. This was the first deployment for the USS Harry S Truman, which was commissioned in 1998. The deployment included extensive operations in the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean and primarily the Persian Gulf. While operating in the Persian Gulf, the Truman Battle Group enforced United Nations sanctions against Iraq by diverting 22 vessels with more than $5 million of suspected contraband cargo. Throughout the deployment, the battle group also participated in numerous international exercises, including Arabian Gauntlet, an 11-nation exercise that involved more than 20 ships. Additionally, U.S. Sailors worked with military forces from Oman, Jordan, Tunisia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, improving interoperability and strengthening relationships with those countries. The USS Stump, along with the rest of the CVBG and ARG ships returned home on May 24 2001.

By 2001 corrosion under insulation on shipboard piping was a serious problem, in particular as USS Stump (DD 978) got older. Visual inspection techniques that require removal of pipe insulation are prohibitively expensive in both labor and material costs, and are very time consuming. Responding to a request by the Port Engineer for the USS Stump (DD 978), NTIAC applied newly developed guided wave ultrasonics NDE technology to inspect bleed air piping on the USS Stump. The bleed air piping is a high temperature system that is fully insulated. The request was made by the Stump's Port Engineer because the ship had experienced an unexpected failure in the bleed air piping during a previous deployment and a rapid turnaround was needed since the ship was to be redeployed shortly.

NTIAC had previously participated in development of the guided wave ultrasonics NDE technology under sponsorship of the Office of Naval Research. Using guided waves travelling down the length of an insulated pipe, this technology is capable of detecting corrosion pitting and generalized wall thinning with removal of only minimal patches of insulation periodically for application of the sensors to the pipe. Using this technology, pipe lengths 20 to 30 feet long can be inspected without removing insulation.

NTIAC demonstrated application of the guided wave technology by inspecting approximately 180 feet of bleed air piping aboard the USS Stump in Norfolk, Virginia. Although the vast majority of the piping was found to be for service, areas suspected to contain damage were marked for additional inspection by the Navy prior to redeployment and to direct monitoring of the piping systems during sea operations.

Stump and its embarked detachment from Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 42 departed their homeports of Norfolk, Va., and Mayport, Fla., respectively, June 2, 2003 for a routine six-month deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command area of responsibility, which includes the Caribbean Sea, eastern Pacific and southern Atlantic.

Acting on an international distress call relayed by U.S. Coast Guard District 11, USS Stump in August 2003, conducted an 11-hour, high-speed transit to render assistance to a distressed fishing vessel and its six crew members, while conducting counter-drug operations in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Responding to the call for assistance, the destroyer made best speed to the Salvadoran-flagged fishing vessel Vikingo’s last known position, 200 nautical miles west of Costa Rica. When within range, Stump’s embarked “Proud Warrior” helicopter deployed to quickly locate the drifting Vikingo.

This was Stump’s second search and rescue operation in the eastern Pacific. June 19, 2003, Stump assisted the U.S.-flagged sailing vessel Okiva, becalmed with engine and sail problems 200 miles west of Ecuador. Stump’s R&A Team provided Okiva with fuel and effected engine repairs, allowing her to continue her voyage from Panama to the Galapagos Islands.

Stump had been slated to remain in service until the year 2006, but decomissioned on 22 October 2004.

A native of Parkersburg, WV, Felix Budwell Stump was appointed to the Naval Academy from that state in 1913. He graduated in March 1917, just prior to the United States' entrance into World War I, during which he served in the gunboat YORKTOWN and as Navigator of the cruiser Cincinnati, operating on escort duty in the Atlantic.

After the war, he served in the battleship Alabama, had flight training at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, and post-graduate instruction in Aeronautical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He subsequently served in Torpedo Squadron 2 of the experimental carrier Langley; as Assembly and Repair Officer at the Naval Air Station, Hampton Roads, Virginia; and in command of the Cruiser Scouting Wing and on the Staff of Commander, ruisers, Scouting Fleet. He then had two tours of duty in the Bureau of Aeronautics; and was Commanding Officer of the Saratoga's Scout Bombing Squadron 2, and Navigator and Executive Officer, respectively, of the carriers Lexington and Enterprise.

In command of the Langley in Manila Bay at the outbreak of World War II, he was transferred in January 1942 to the Staff of the Commander- in-Chief, Asiatic Fleet. For exceptionally meritorious service "as Commander of the combined operation center of the Allied-American, British, Dutch and Australian Air Command..." he was awarded the U.S. Army's Distinguished Service Medal.

In 1942, he had eight months' duty as Air Officer for Commander, Western Sea Frontier, then commanded the new carrier Lexingotn, which was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for heroism in the Gilbert and Marshall Islands operations in 1943. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against enemy Japanese-held islands..." from September to December 1943. He later commanded Carrier Division 24, and was awarded the Navy Cross twice, the Legion of Merit (three awards) and has the Ribbon for the Presidential Unit Citation to his flagship, the Natoma Bay.

He was Chief of the Naval Air Technical Training Command from May 1945 to December 1948, after which he served successively as Commander Air Force, Atlantic Fleet, and Commander Second Fleet. He became Commander-in-Chief, Pacific and U.S. Pacific Fleet, with Headquarters at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 10 July 1953. In February 1958, when the command was divided, he was relieved of duty as Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet, but continued to serve as Commander-in-Chief, Pacific until his retirement, effective 1 August 1958. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for "exceptionally meritorious service..." as Commander-in-Chief, Pacific, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet; United States Miliary Advisor to the Southeast Treaty Organization; and United States Military Representative to the Australia, New Zealand, United States Treaty Organization.

After his retirement, he was appointed to the position of Vice Chairman of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, PA.

Eddy Bailes, Recording Artist, Parkersburg. -2002

Recording artist of the 1970s, wrote and recorded the hit song The West Virginian in 1975. It became a gold record. A bill in the state legislature would have made it the state song. After recording other songs, Bailes appeared in several movies and TV shows, and was the opening act for such stars as Rick Nelson, Marty Robbins, George Jones, and Mickey Gilly. He wrote Faron Young's last single, Just An Old Heartache. Bailes was was born in Parkersburg. He had been living in Hendersonville, Tennessee, until he died on June 17, 2002.

Clair Bee, Basketball Coach, Pennsboro. 1896-1983

Clair Francis Bee (March 2, 1896 in Pennsboro, West Virginia - May 20, 1983) was an American basketball coach who led the team at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York to two undefeated seasons in 1936 and 1939 as well as two National Invitation Tournament titles (1939, 1941).

Bee's teams won 95 percent of their games from 1931 to 1951, including 43 in a row from 1935 to 1937.

Clair Bee also coached the football team at LIU until it was disbanded in 1940.

Bee coached the National Basketball Association's Baltimore Bullets from 1952 to 1954.

His contributions to the game of basketball include the 1-3-1 zone defense, the three-second rule and the 24-second shot clock in the NBA.

Bee also authored a series of sports manuals and the fictional Chip Hilton series of books for children.

Bee was inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame in 1968. The Clair Bee Coach of the Year Award is awarded every year to a coach who makes an outstanding contribution to the game of college basketball, and the Chip Hilton Player of the Year Award is awarded to a men's basketball player.

Ted Cassidy, Actor, Philiipi, 1932-1979

Theodore Crawford "Ted" Cassidy (born July 31, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - January 16, 1979 in Los Angeles, California) was an American character actor and voice actor who performed in television and films.

Early life and career

Although born in Pittsburgh, Cassidy was raised in Philippi, West Virginia two hours south of Pittsburgh. He played basketball (center position) and football (tackle) for Philippi High School. At that time, he was an imposing figure in both venues, being the tallest player in the conference. Early in his academic career, Cassidy attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, in nearby Buckhannon, WV where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. He later attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida as a Speech Major. Active in student government, he also played basketball for the Hatters. Early in his show business career he worked as a mid-day disc jockey on WFAA-AM in Dallas, Texas. He also occasionally appeared on WFAA-TV Channel 8, playing "Creech," an outer space creature on the "Dialing for Dollars" segments on Ed Hogan's afternoon movies. An accomplished musician, Cassidy moonlighted at Luby's Cafeteria in the Lochwood Shopping Center in Dallas, playing the organ to entertain patrons.

The move to television

The Addams Family

Cassidy's unusual height (Cassidy was 6 feet 9 inches tall, or 206 cm) gave him an advantage in auditioning for unusual character roles. He is probably best known for playing the tall butler, Lurch (in which role he feigned playing the harpsichord), and the "helpful hand in a box" character named Thing, on the 1960s American television series The Addams Family.

Star Trek

He portrayed the voice of the more aggressive version of Balok in the Star Trek episode "The Corbomite Maneuver", and played the android Ruk in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?." He also voiced the Gorn in the Star Trek episode "Arena".

Cassidy did more work with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry in the early 1970s, playing Isiah in the pilots "Genesis II" and "Planet Earth."

Voice acting and film work

After The Addams Family, Cassidy began to add the desire for more voice-over work to his résumé; in that acting field, most notably, he narrated the opening of the TV series The Incredible Hulk. Cassidy also provided the Hulk's growls and roars. He detested being compared or confused with acromegalic actor Richard Kiel, who played "Jaws," the mute assassin with stainless steel teeth, in two James Bond films.

Other film work included his appearance in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He also co-wrote the screenplay of 1973's "The Harrad Experiment," in which he made a brief appearance.


Cassidy died in 1979 at age 46 from complications following open-heart surgery. Fellow actor Sandra Martinez assisted and took care of Ted during his final years. Cassidy's remains were cremated, and buried in the backyard of his Woodland Hills home.


Floyd B. "Ben" Schwartzwalder, Football Coach, Point Pleasant. 1909-1993

b. June 2, 1909
d. April 28, 1993

A center at the University of West Virginia, Schwartzwalder coached high school football after graduating in 1933 and then served as a paratrooper during World II.


He became head coach at Muhlenberg College in 1946 and had a 25-5-0 record in 3 seasons, including a victory over St. Bonaventure University in the 1946 Tobacco Bowl.

Schwartzwalder went to Syracuse University in 1949 to revive a moribund program. He was soon successful, producing a 7-2-0 team in 1952 and the school's first bowl bid. However, Alabama devastated Syracuse 61-6 in the Orange Bowl.

In 1959, the American Football Coaches Association named Schwartzwalder coach of the year for producing a national champion with 10-0-0 regular season record. That team gave Schwartzwalder his first bowl victory in four appearances, beating Texas 23-14 in the Cotton Bowl.

Schwartzwalder's successful teams always featured a strong running attack, with talented backs behind a powerful offensive line. Among the outstanding runners he produced were Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little, Jim Nance, and Larry Csonka.

As a product of the "Black Power" movement, Schwartzwalder was pressured in 1971 to hire a black assistant coach. When he refused, all of Syracuse's black players left spring practice and Schwartzwalder suspended them. Partly because of that problem, he was forced out of his job after the 1973 season. In 25 seasons at Syracuse, he had a 153-93-3 record and he was 178-96-3 overall.

Bob Denver, Actor, Princeton. 1935-2005

Robert "Bob" Denver (January 9, 1935 – September 2, 2005) was an American comedic actor best known for his role as "Gilligan" on the television series Gilligan's Island. Earlier, Denver had played beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on the (1959-1963) TV series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, a characterization that was similar to Gilligan in many ways.

Early life and television career

Denver was born in Princeton, West Virginia and raised in Brownwood, Texas. He graduated from Loyola University (predecessor to today's Loyola Marymount University) in Los Angeles, California and worked as a mailman and a high school teacher.

Maynard G. Krebs

He landed the role of Maynard G. Krebs on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis in 1959. His co-star Dwayne Hickman, who played Dobie Gillis, was also a Loyola graduate.


When Dobie Gillis ended in 1963, Denver landed the role of Gilligan on Gilligan's Island. During the run, Denver proved a gracious and generous castmember; he insisted that Russell Johnson's and Dawn Wells' character names be included in the opening title sequence. In the first season, the two had merely been referred to as "and the rest" ("are here on Gilligan's Isle"). In the second and third seasons, Johnson's and Wells's names were included with the rest of the cast.

After Gilligan's Island

After Gilligan's Island, he appeared in other television shows including The Good Guys (1968–1970) and Dusty's Trail (1973) (a virtual copy of Gilligan's Island, set on a lost wagon train). He also starred in a children's program, Far Out Space Nuts (1975), which was essentially Gilligan in space. Although appreciated by Bob Denver fans, none of these shows matched the wider audience success of his earlier roles.

The marijuana arrest

In 1998, Denver was arrested for having a parcel of marijuana delivered to his home. He originally said that the parcel had come from Dawn Wells (who had played "Mary Ann" on Gilligan's Island) but later refused to name her in court, and testified that "some crazy fan must have sent it". The police reportedly found more of the drug and related paraphernalia in Denver's home. He pleaded no contest and received six months probation.

Later career

Late in his life, Denver worked in his adopted home state of West Virginia as an FM radio personality. He and his wife Dreama owned and operated a small "oldies format" station. He also earned a small income making public appearances, often costumed as Gilligan.


Denver underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery in May 2005, and subsequently was diagnosed with throat cancer. He died of complications from cancer treatments at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 70, surrounded by his family — his last wife (of 28 years), the former Dreama Peery; and his children (from 4 different marriages) Patrick, Megan, Emily, and Colin. He died just two days before the September 4 anniversary of the airing of the last CBS prime time telecast of Gilligan's Island.


  • Bob Denver appeared in the 1964 beach movie called "For Those Who Think Young," with Tina Louise prior to the development of Gilligan's Island. Nancy Sinatra also appeared in the movie.

John Barton Payne, Politian, Pruntytown. 1855-1935

27th United States Secretary of the Interior
In office
March 15, 1920 – March 4, 1921
Preceded by Franklin Knight Lane
Succeeded by Albert B. Fall

Born January 26, 1855
Pruntytown, Virginia (now West Virginia),
Died January 24, 1935
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Judge

John Barton Payne (January 26, 1855 – January 24, 1935) was United States Secretary of the Interior from 1920 through 1921 under Woodrow Wilson.

Born in Pruntytown, in what is now West Virginia, Payne was an attorney and longtime Chicago Democratic politician. Admitted to the bar in 1876 in West Virginia, Payne entered politics five years later as the chairman of the Preston County Democratic Party. He moved to Chicago in 1883, and was elected as a local judge in 1893. After resigning from that post in 1898, he was a senior partner in Winston, Payne, Strawn and Shaw. (A successor firm still exists today.) He was president of Chicago's South Park Board from 1911 to 1924, when Edward J. Kelly, later mayor of Chicago, succeeded him. He married Jennie Byrd in 1913. (She died in 1919.) After the outbreak of World War I, Payne went to Washington, D.C., to act as counsel for the Emergency Fleet Corporation and the national railroad administration. From 1919 through his appointment to Wilson's cabinet in February 1920, Payne was chairman of the U.S. Shipping Board. From October 1921 until his death, Payne was chairman of the American Red Cross. He died of pneumonia, following an operation for an appendicitis at 1:06 a.m. January 24, 1935, two days before his 80th birthday — just early enough for an Associated Press obituary to run in the Chicago Tribune.

Known for his work for the Red Cross, Payne's use of the South Park Board to solidify the position of the Chicago Democratic Party has much less noted. Payne tried to bring volunteers and paid staffers of the American Red Cross, and also sent the organization in a new direction, organizing it to support local welfare efforts during both the deflationary period after World War I and the early years of the Depression.

Payne's donation of 50 paintings in 1919 and $100,000 in 1932 led to the founding of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.

In World War II the United States liberty ship SS John Barton Payne was named in his honor.

Randy Moss, Football Player, Rand

Randy Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia) is an American football wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders NFL franchise. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 1998, and played the first stage of his career in Minnesota before a trade in 2005 brought him to Oakland.


His parents are Maxine Moss and Randy Pratt, although Moss does not have much contact with his father. He has a sister named Lutisia and a brother Eric, who had a short stint in the NFL as an offensive lineman with the Minnesota Vikings. Moss has four children with his girlfriend, Libby Offutt (two daughters-Sydney and Senali, and two sons-Thaddeus and Montigo).

High school career

At Dupont High School, a now-defunct institution in Belle, West Virginia (near Charleston), he lead his school to the state AAA football title (West Virginia's highest class), starred in basketball alongside friend and current Miami Heat point guard Jason Williams, and also won the state title in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. He played center field in baseball, which some argued was his best sport. One account from Rick Feilds, Chicago Cubs scout, said, "He has the most range in the field that I have ever seen." He played wide receiver, safety, punter, place kicker, kick returner, and punt returner in football. He finished his high school football career with 109 catches, 2,435 receiving yards, and 44 receiving touchdowns, along with rushing the ball 75 times for 843 yards and nine touchdowns. He ended his basketball career at DuPont with 1,713 points scored. He was named the state's Athlete of the Year once in football and twice in basketball.

Along with his State Athlete of the Year awards, Moss was named to USA Today's All-USA high school football team in 1994, and was named to USA Today's 20th anniversary All-USA high school football team.

College career

Moss' dream was to play for Notre Dame, but he also considered going to Ohio State, where his half-brother, Eric, had played offensive tackle.

According to former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz, Moss was "the greatest high school athlete I had ever seen — a bigger Deion Sanders."

After originally signing a letter of intent to play college football with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 1995, Moss took part in a racially-charged fight at his high school that left one person hospitalized. He gave a plea of guilty to battery and received probation along with a 30-day suspended jail sentence. Notre Dame revoked his scholarship, but this setback did not stop another high profile college football program from giving him a chance. Notre Dame officials suggested Florida State due to the reputation of its coach, Bobby Bowden, for handling troubled players. However, because of his signed letter of intent at Notre Dame, the NCAA considered him a transfer student, which made him ineligible to play for the Seminoles in the 1995 football season. He was red-shirted in his freshman season. While at Florida State, it was claimed that Moss ran a 4.25 40-yard dash while only Deion Sanders, with a 4.23 40-yard dash, has achieved higher.

In 1996, while serving his 30-day jail sentence in a work release program from 1995, Moss tested positive for smoking marijuana, violating his probation, and was let go by Florida State. He served 60 extra days in jail for the probation violation.

Ultimately, Moss transferred to Marshall University, about an hour's drive from his home. Because Marshall was then a Division I-AA school, NCAA rules allowed him to transfer there without losing any further eligibility. In 1996, he set the NCAA Division I-AA records for most games with a touchdown catch in a season (14), most consecutive games with a touchdown catch (13), most touchdown passes caught by a freshman in a season (29), and most receiving yards gained by a freshman in a season (1709 on 78 catches), record which still stands. Moss was also the leading kickoff returner in Division I-AA on the season, with 484 total yards and a 34.6 yard average. Marshall went undefeated and won the Division I-AA title in its last season before moving to Division I-A.

In the 1997 season, Marshall's first in Division I-A, Moss and current New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington were the centerpiece of an explosive offense that led the Thundering Herd to the Mid-American Conference title. Moss caught 26 touchdown passes that season, at the time a Division I-A record, and was a first-team All-American. For the season, he had 96 receptions for 1820 yards, and 26 touchdowns. He won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation's leading wide receiver, and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy (finishing fourth in the balloting, behind Ryan Leaf, Peyton Manning, and Charles Woodson, who won the award).

Moss left Marshall with 168 receptions for 3,467 yards and a school record 53 touchdowns.

NFL career

Joining The Vikings

During the 1998 NFL Draft, Moss, who was projected as a high first-round pick, was taken by the Minnesota Vikings with the 21st overall pick after a number of NFL clubs-- even those in need of a WR-- were concerned with Moss' well-documented legal problems.

In 1998, Moss helped the Vikings to become the number one ranked offense that season while they set a record for total points by a team. They finished with a 15-1 winning record and were poised to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. However, the Atlanta Falcons stunned the Vikings by winning the NFC Championship Game 30-27 in overtime. At the end of the 1998 regular season, Moss was named a Pro Bowl starter and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for his rookie record 17 touchdown receptions and the third highest receiving yardage (1,313) total of 1998.

In 1999, Moss had another impressive season, catching 80 passes for 1,413 yards and 11 touchdowns. He went on to record 5 receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings 27-10 NFC wildcard playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. Minnesota lost in the divisional round to the St. Louis Rams 49-37, despite Moss catching 9 passes for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns. Moss was fined $40,000 during that game due to squirting an NFL referee with a water bottle.


On September 24, 2002 in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, Moss was driving and was preparing to do an illegal turn. A traffic control officer, noticing what he was about to do, stood in front of his car, ordering him to stop. Eyewitness accounts of the event differ at this point, but Moss didn't comply with the officer's order, and she was bumped by his vehicle and fell to the ground. Moss was arrested, and a search of his vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana. Initially charged with Suspicion of Assault with a Deadly Weapon which is a felony and a misdemeanor marijuana possession, Moss pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor traffic violation, and was ordered to pay a $1,200 fine and perform 40-hours of community service.

Randy Moss was quoted in a Sports Illustrated article as saying the 1970 Marshall plane crash "was a tragedy, but it really wasn't nothing big."

Final Years as a Viking

Moss's fortunes took a better turn on the football field during the 2003 regular season, where he became the first wide receiver in history to play more than 12 games (he played 16) while averaging over 100 yards and one touchdown per contest. He finished with 111 receptions for 1,632 yards and 17 touchdowns. All three of the numbers either tied or became a new personal best.

The Vikings finished the 2004 season with an 8-8 record, barely making the playoffs. During the last game of the regular season against the Washington Redskins, Moss was caught walking off the field and into the locker room with 2 seconds left on the clock. Critics criticized Moss for quitting on his team.

On January 9, 2005, the Minnesota Vikings traveled to Green Bay to take on the heavily favored division rival Green Bay Packers, in an NFC wildcard playoff game. Moss was effective, finished the game with 4 catches for 70 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 31-17 win. After second score, Moss trotted to the end zone goalpost. Facing away from the crowd, he feigned pulling down his pants, and pretended to moon the Green Bay fans. Days later, the NFL fined him $10,000, finding it unsportsmanlike and offensive during the playoffs. However, Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, the former Vikings defensive coordinator, explained (if not completely defended) Moss' action by pointing out that Green Bay Packers fans are infamous for mooning the buses of departing opponents.

According to ESPN, Moss was later caught on video being asked by a reporter if he had written the check to pay the fine, to which he responded, "When you're rich, you don't write checks!" The reporter followed up by asking Moss how he paid the fine. Moss responded, saying, "Straight cash, homey." Randy Moss made the Pro Bowl 5 times in his 7-year career with the Minnesota Vikings (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2003).

Trade to the Raiders

On March 2, 2005, Moss was traded to the Oakland Raiders for linebacker Napoleon Harris and the Raiders' 1st round (7th overall, which Minnesota parlayed into WR Troy Williamson) and 7th round picks in the NFL draft. Adding a player of Moss's caliber generated a lot of optimism, but the Raiders poor play has continued since acquiring him. Nagging injuries have limited his production, and Moss's own controversial remarks to the media have drawn more negative attention to himself.

In August 2005, during an interview with Bryant Gumbel, Moss admitted that he has smoked marijuana during his NFL career "every once in a blue moon."

On November 14, 2006, Moss was honored for his success in college as a kick returner by having an award named after him, becoming only one of two black athletes (John Mackey) so honored. During the press conference, Moss responded to questions about his dropped passes and lackluster effort in several games, saying "Maybe because I'm unhappy and I'm not too much excited about what's going on, so, my concentration and focus level tend to go down sometimes when I'm in a bad mood." Moss made similar comments during his tenure with the Vikings, when he infamously proclaimed, "I play when I want to play".

Days later, he reiterated his unhappiness with losing games and being a member of the Raiders on his weekly segment with Fox Sports Radio, saying, "I might want to look forward to moving somewhere else next year to have another start and really feel good about going out here and playing football."

During the course of the Raiders' nine game losing streak to end the 2006 season, Tyler Brayton and several other Raiders, including Warren Sapp, criticized the lackadaisical effort of Moss.

NFL records

  • Rookie record 17 TD catches
  • He is third only to Anquan Boldin and Bill Groman for most rookie receiving yards with 1,313.
  • Moss has caught 101 TD passes through 9 seasons, 5th most in NFL history. He trails Jerry Rice, Cris Carter, Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens, all of whom have played more seasons than Moss.
  • Has caught 13 or more TDs in a season 4 times. He trails only Terrell Owens and Jerry Rice in such seasons.
  • Is the only player next to Jerry Rice to catch 17 or more TDs in a season twice (Moss accomplished the feat in 1998 and 2003).
  • Moss has had 3 seasons where he averaged at least one receiving TD a game. 1998 (17 TDs in 16 games), 2003 (17 TDs in 16 games), and 2004 (13 TDs in 13 games). By doing so, he is the only wide receiver in NFL history to accomplish this task.
  • He had back to back 100 catch seasons, first in 2002 and then in 2003. He joined Sterling Sharpe, Jerry Rice, Herman Moore, Cris Carter, Marvin Harrison, and Rod Smith as the only receivers to do so.
  • At the end of the 2006 season, Moss is averaging approximately 11.2 receiving TDs per season, which is an NFL record.
  • Holds the record for most 1,000 yard seasons in his first seasons of the league. In his first 6 seasons in the NFL, he had 1,000+ yards in each seasons, setting an NFL record.
  • Moss is the only player in NFL history to average 100 yards and 1 TD per game through a 16 NFL game season.

John Brown, Abolitionist, Hanged at Harpers Ferry in 1859. 1800-1859

John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859) was the first white American abolitionist to advocate and to practice insurrection as a means to the abolition of slavery. He has been called "the most controversial of all nineteenth-century Americans." His attempt to start a liberation movement among enslaved blacks in Virginia in 1859 electrified the nation, even though not a single slave answered his call. He was tried for treason (against the state of Virginia) and hanged, but his behavior at the trial seemed heroic to millions of Americans. Southerners alleged that his rebellion was the tip of an abolitionist iceberg and represented the wishes of the Republican Party, but those charges were vehemently denied by the Republicans. Historians agree that the Harper's Ferry raid in 1859 escalated tensions that a year later led to secession and the American Civil War.

Brown first gained attention when he led small groups of volunteers during the Bleeding Kansas crisis. Unlike other Northerners, who advocated peaceful resistance to the pro-slavery faction, Brown demanded violent action. His belief in confrontation led him to kill five pro-slavery southerners in what became known as the Pottawatomie Massacre in May 1856. Brown's most famous deed was the 1859 raid he led on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (in modern-day West Virginia). At Harpers Ferry, he seized the federal arsenal, killing seven people (including a free black), and injuring ten or so more. He intended to arm slaves with weapons from the arsenal, but the attack failed. Within 36 hours, all of Brown's men were killed or captured by local farmers, militiamen, and U.S. Marines led by Robert E. Lee. Brown's subsequent capture by federal forces, his trial for treason to the state of Virginia, and his execution by hanging were an important part of the origins of the American Civil War, which followed sixteen months later. His role and actions prior to the Civil War, as an abolitionist, and what tactics he chose still makes him a controversial personality today. Depending on the point of view, he was heralded as a heroic martyr or vilified as a terrorist. Numerous American historians in the 20th century deprecated Brown as an insane zealot and madman. On the other hand, some scholars glorified Brown for his sincere and self-sacrificing devotion to the abolition of slavery. One recent scholar, Reynolds (2005) sees him as the inspiration for the Civil Rights Movement a century later, arguing "it is misleading to identify Brown with modern terrorists."

Brown's nicknames were Osawatomie Brown, Old Man Brown, Captain Brown and Old Brown of Kansas. His aliases were "Nelson Hawkins," "Shubel Morgan," and "Isaac Smith." Later the song John Brown's Body became a Union marching song during the Civil War.

Early years

Brown was born May 9, 1800, in Torrington, Connecticut. He was the fourth of the eight children of Owen Brown (16 February 1771–8 May 1856) and Ruth Mills (25 January 1772–9 December 1808) and grandson of Capt John Brown (1728–1776). Brown himself wrote in his 1857 autobiographical letter that both his and his first wife's grandfather were soldiers in the Continental Army (which he established in his The Humphreys Family in America (1883), which notes that abolitionist John Brown's grandfather, Capt. John Brown (b. November 4, 1728) was elected Captain of the 8th Company, 18th Regiment of Milita in Connecticut Colony in the Spring of 1776. He was commissioned on May 23, 1776 by Governor Trumbull. Capt. John Brown's company marched from Connecticut, joining the Continental Army at New York, but Brown died of dysentery while in command, on September 3, 1776. (p. 302, n.). His son, Owen Brown, the father of abolitionist John Brown, was a tanner and strict Calvinist who hated slavery and taught his trade to his son.

In 1805, the family moved to Hudson, Ohio, where Owen Brown opened a tannery. Brown's father became a supporter of the Oberlin Institute in its early stage, although he was ultimately critical of the school's "Perfectionist" leanings, especially renowned in the preaching and teaching of Finney and Mahan. Recent suggestions that the Browns were heavily influenced by dissenting Presbyterians and other forms of neo-Calvinism at this period are incorrect. Although Brown withdrew his membership from the Congregational church in the 1840s and never officially joined another church, both he and his father Owen were fairly conventional, conservative evangelical Calvinists throughout their lives. Brown's conservative personal religion is fairly well documented in the papers of the late Rev. Clarence Gee, a Brown family expert, now held in the Hudson [Ohio] Library and Historical Society.

At the age of 16, John Brown left his family and went to Plainfield, Massachusetts, where he enrolled in a preparatory program. Shortly afterward, he transferred to an academy in Litchfield, Connecticut. He hoped to become a Congregationalist minister, but money ran out and he suffered from eye inflammations, which forced him to give up the academy and return to Ohio. In Hudson, he worked briefly at his father's tannery before opening a successful tannery of his own outside of town with his adopted brother.

In 1820, Brown married Dianthe Lusk. Their first child, John Jr., was born 13 months later. In 1825, Brown and his family moved to New Richmond, Pennsylvania, where he purchased 200 acres (81 hectares). He cleared an eighth of it and built a cabin, a barn, and a tannery. Within a year the tannery employed 15 men. Brown also made money raising cattle and surveying. He helped to establish a post office and a school. During this period, Brown operated an interstate business involving cattle and leather production along with a kinsman, Seth Thompson, from eastern Ohio.

In 1831, one of his sons died. Brown fell ill, and his businesses began to suffer, which left him in terrible debt. In the summer of 1832, shortly after the death of a newborn son, his wife Dianthe died. On June 14, 1833, Brown married 16-year-old Mary Ann Day (April 15, 1817—May 1, 1884), originally of Meadville, Pennsylvania. They eventually had 13 children, in addition to the seven children from his previous marriage.

In 1836, Brown moved his family to Franklin Mills in Ohio (now part of Kent, Ohio). There he borrowed money to buy land in the area. He suffered great financial losses in the economic crisis of 1839, which struck the western states more severely than had the Panic of 1837. Following the heavy borrowing trends of Ohio, many businessmen like Brown trusted too heavily in credit and state bonds and paid dearly for it. In one episode of property loss, Brown was even jailed when he attempted to retain ownership of a farm by occupying it against the claims of the new owner. Like other determined men of his time and background, he tried many different business efforts in an attempt to get out of debt. Along with tanning hides and cattle trading, he also undertook horse and sheep breeding, the last of which was to become a notable aspect of his pre-public vocation. Brown was declared bankrupt by a federal court on September 28, 1842. In 1843, four of his children died of dysentery.

As Louis DeCaro Jr. shows in his latest biographical sketch (2007), from the mid-1840s Brown had built a reputation as an expert in fine sheep and wool, and entered into a partnership with wealthy Akronite, Simon Perkins Jr., whose flocks and farms were managed by Brown and sons. As Brown's associations grew among sheep farmers of the region, his expertise was often discussed in agricultural journals even as he widened the scope of his travels in conjunction with sheep and wool concerns (which often brought him into contact with other fervent anti-slavery people as well). In 1846, Brown and Perkins set up a wool commission operation in Springfield, Mass., to represent the interests of wool growers against the dominant interests of New England's manufacturers. Brown naively trusted the manufacturers at first, but soon came to realize they were determined to maintain control of price setting and feared the empowerment of the farmers. To make matters worse, the sheep farmers were largely unorganized and unwilling to improve the quality and production of their wools for market. As shown in the Ohio Cultivator, Brown and other wool growers had already complained about this problem as something that hurt U.S. wools abroad. Brown made a last ditch effort to overcome the manufacturers by seeking an alliance with European-based manufacturers, but was ultimately disappointed to learn that they also wanted to buy American wools cheaply.

The Perkins and Brown commission operation closed in 1849; subsequent lawsuits tied up the partners for several more years, though popular narrators have exaggerated the unfortunate demise of the firm with respect to Brown's life and decisions. Perkins absorbed much of the loss, and their partnership continued for several more years, Brown nearly breaking even by 1854. The Perkins and Brown years not only reveal Brown as a man with a widely appreciated specialization (long since forgotten), but reflect his perennial zeal for the underdog which drove him to struggle on behalf of the economically vulnerable farmers of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and western Virginia a decade before his guerrilla activities in Kansas.

Actions in Kansas

In 1855, not long after re-settling his family in North Elba, N.Y. (near Lake Placid), Brown learned from his adult sons in the Kansas territory that pro-slavery forces there were militant and that their families were completely unprepared to face attack. Determined to protect his family and oppose the advances of pro-slavery supporters, Brown left for Kansas, enlisting a son-in-law and making several stops en route to collect funds and weapons. As reported by the New York Tribune, Brown stopped en route to participate in an anti-slavery convention that took place in June 1855 in Albany, New York. Despite the controversy that ensued on the convention floor regarding the support of violent efforts on behalf of the free state cause, several individuals provided Brown some solicited financial support. As he went westward, however, Brown found more militant support in his home state of Ohio, particularly in the strongly anti-slavery Western Reserve section where he had been reared.


Brown and the free state settlers were optimistic that they could bring Kansas into the union as a slavery-free state. But in late 1855 and early 1856 it was increasingly clear to Brown that pro-slavery forces were willing to violate the rule of law in order to force Kansas to become a slave state. Brown believed that terrorism, fraud, and eventually deadly attacks became the obvious agenda of the pro-slavery supporters, then known as "Border Ruffians." After the winter snows thawed in 1856, the pro-slavery activists began a campaign to seize Kansas on their own terms. Brown was particularly affected by the Sacking of Lawrence in May 1856, in which a sheriff-led posse destroyed newspaper offices and a hotel. Only one man was killed, and it was a Border Ruffian. Preston Brooks's brutal caning of anti-slavery Senator Charles Sumner also fueled Brown's anger. These violent acts were accompanied by celebrations in the pro-slavery press, with writers such as B. F. Stringfellow of the Squatter Sovereign proclaiming that pro-slavery forces "are determined to repel this Northern invasion, and make Kansas a Slave State; though our rivers should be covered with the blood of their victims, and the carcasses of the Abolitionists should be so numerous in the territory as to breed disease and sickness, we will not be deterred from our purpose" (quoted in Reynolds, p. 162). Brown was outraged by both the violence of the pro-slavery forces, and also by what he saw as a weak and cowardly response by the antislavery partisans and the Free State settlers, who he described as "cowards, or worse" (Reynolds pp. 163-164).

Biographer Louis A. DeCaro Jr. further shows that Brown's beloved father, Owen, had died on May 8, 1856 and correspondence indicates that John Brown and his family received word of his death around the same time. The real concerns that Brown had for the welfare of his sons and the free state settlers in their vicinity, especially since the sacking of Lawrence seems to have signaled an all-out campaign of violence by pro-slavery forces. Brown conducted surveillance on encamped "ruffians" in his vicinity and learned that his family was marked for attack, and furthermore was given reliable information as to pro-slavery neighbors who had aligned and supported these forces. The pro-slavery men did not necessarily own any slaves, although the Doyles (three of the victims) were slave hunters prior to settling in Kansas. According to Salmon Brown, when the Doyles were seized, Mahala Doyle acknowledged that her husband's "devilment" had brought down this attack to their doorstep--further signifying that the Browns' attack was probably grounded in real concern for their own survival.

Brown has usually been portrayed as seeking to avenge Lawrence and Sumner, and to intimidate proslavery forces by showing that Free Staters were capable of violent retaliation. There is clearly divided opinion regarding the extent to which pro-slavery terrorists would have gone in assaulting free state men. John Brown and his sons Oliver, Owen, Salmon, and Frederick, his son-in-law Henry Thompson, and two other free state settlers determined that danger was imminent. Some might suggest that they went to Kansas primarily to confront that risk, but the Brown boys had gone only as settlers and were not even armed for the kind of terrorist threats they began to face in 1855-56. Brown had gone to Kansas with a bellicose attitude, but his letters in 1855 suggest he was at first optimistic that the free state side would win by the ballot. His determination to "fight fire with fire" and "strike terror in the hearts of the proslavery people" was only solidified by the realities of pro-slavery terrorism. The personal concerns that Brown had for his family's safety were his priority, and his efforts were urged on by other free state men who chose not to join him and his killing party. His less militant sons, John Jr. and Jason sharpened the swords for their father and brothers, but chose to stay behind.

Pottawatomie Killings
Main article: Pottawatomie Massacre

Sometime after 10:00pm May 24, 1856, it is suspected they took five pro-slavery settlers — James Doyle, William Doyle, Drury Doyle, Allen Wilkinson, and William Sherman — from their cabins on Pottawatomie Creek and hacked them to death with broadswords. Brown claimed he had not participated in the killings, however he did say he approved of them. Although neither of Brown's boys were present at the attack, they were beaten by other pro-slavery men of Pottawatomie.

Palmyra and Osawatomie

A force of perhaps forty Missourians, led by Captain Henry Pate, captured John Jr. and Jason, and destroyed the Brown family homestead, and later participated in the Sack of Lawrence. On June 2, John Brown, nine of his followers, and twenty local men successfully defended a Free State settlement at Palmyra, Kansas against an attack by Pate. Pate and twenty-two of his men were taken prisoner . After capure, they were taken to Brown's camp, and received all the food that Brown could find. Brown forced Pate to sign a treaty, exchanging the freedom of Pate and his men for the promised release of Brown's two captured sons. Brown released Pate to Colonel Edwin Sumner, but was furious to discover that the release of his sons was delayed until September.

In August, a company of over three hundred Missourians under the command of Major General John W. Reid crossed into Kansas and headed towards Osawatomie, Kansas, intending to destroy the Free State settlements there, and then march on Topeka and Lawrence. On the morning of August 30, 1856, they shot and killed Brown's son Frederick and his neighbor David Garrison on the outskirts of Pottawatomie. Brown, realizing that he was vastly outnumbered, distributed his men carefully behind natural defenses and inflicted an unknown number of casualties on the Missourian forces before he and his men were forced to retreat in disorder across the Marais des Cygnes River. While Brown and his surviving men hid in the woods nearby, the Missourians plundered and burned Osawatomie. Brown's bravery and military shrewdness in the face of overwhelming odds brought him national attention and made him a hero to many Northern abolitionists, who gave him the nickname "Osawatomie Brown." A play titled Osawatomie Brown soon appeared on Broadway telling his story.

A week later, Brown rode to Lawrence to meet with Free State leaders and help fortify against a feared assault by proslavery militias. In August 1856, disgusted with the timidity of Northern leaders and fearing arrest for the Ossawatomie killing, Brown departed Kansas, leaving by way of Nebraska. Along the way he met with Jim Lane's 'Army of the North', which was coming to Kansas to fight pro-slavery forces. Returning to Kansas, he found the free-state men in open insurrection against the pro-slavery territorial administration. Brown's actions during this period are not documented. A feared invasion by Missourians led by David Atchison took place in September 1856, but serious violence was averted when the new governor of Kansas, John W. Geary, ordered the warring parties to disarm and disband, and offered clemency to former fighters on both sides. Brown, realizing that he could no longer stay in Kansas safely, left to raise money from supporters in the north.

Later years

Gathering forces

By November 1856, Brown had returned to the East to solicit more funds. He spent the next two years traveling New England raising funds. Amos Adams Lawrence, a prominent Boston merchant, contributed a large amount of capital. Franklin Sanborn, secretary for the Massachusetts State Kansas Committee, introduced Brown to several influential abolitionists in the Boston area in January 1857. They included William Lloyd Garrison, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Theodore Parker and George Luther Stearns, and Samuel Gridley Howe. A group of six wealthy abolitionists -- Sanborn, Higginson, Parker, Stearns, Howe, and Gerrit Smith -- agreed to offer Brown financial support for his antislavery activities; they would eventually provide most of the financial backing for the raid on Harpers Ferry, and would come to be known as the Secret Six and the Committee of Six. Brown often requested help from them "no questions asked," and it remains unclear how much of Brown's scheme the Secret Six were aware of.

On January 7, 1858, the Massachusetts Committee pledged to 200 Sharps Rifles and ammunition, which was being stored at Tabor, Iowa. In March, Brown contracted Charles Blair of Collinsville, Connecticut for 1,000 pikes.

In the following months, Brown continued to raise funds, visiting Worcester, Springfield, New Haven, Syracuse and Boston. In Boston he met Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. He received many pledges but little cash. In March, while in New York City, he was introduced to Hugh Forbes. Forbes, an English mercenary, who had experience as a military tactician gained while fighting with Giuseppe Garibaldi in Italy in 1848. Brown hired him to be the drillmaster for his men and to write their tactical handbook. They agreed to meet in Tabor that summer.

Using the alias Nelson Hawkins, Brown traveled through the Northeast and then went to visit his family in Hudson, Ohio. On August 7, he arrived in Tabor. Forbes arrived two days later. Over several weeks, the two men put together a "Well-Matured Plan" for fighting slavery in the South. The men quarreled over many of the details. In November, their troops left for Kansas. Forbes had not received his salary and was still feuding with Brown, so he returned to the East instead of venturing into Kansas. He would soon threaten to expose the plot to the government.

Because the October elections saw a free-state victory, Kansas was quiet. Brown made his men return to Iowa, where he fed them tidbits of his Virginia scheme. In January 1858, Brown left his men in Springdale, Iowa, and set off to visit Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York. There he discussed his plans with Douglass, and reconsidered Forbes' criticisms. Brown wrote a Provisional Constitution that would create a government for a new state in the region of his invasion. Brown then traveled to Peterboro, New York and Boston to discuss matters with the Secret Six. In letters to them he indicated that, along with recruits, he would go into the South equipped with weapons to do "Kansas work."

Brown and twelve of his followers, including his son Owen, traveled to Chatham, Ontario where he convened on May 8 a Constitutional Convention. The convention was put together with the help of Dr. Martin Delany. One-third of Chatham's 6,000 residents were fugitive slaves. The convention assembled 34 blacks and 12 whites to adopt Brown's Provisional Constitution. According to Delany, during the convention, Brown illuminated his plans to make Kansas rather than Canada the end of the Underground Railroad. This would be the Subterranean Pass Way. He never mentioned or hinted at the idea of Harpers Ferry. But Delany's reflections are not entirely trustworthy. By 1858, Brown was no longer looking toward Kansas and was entirely focused on Virginia. Other testimony from the Chatham meeting suggests Brown did speak of going South. Brown had long used the terminology of the Subterranean Pass Way from the late 1840s, so it is possible that Delany conflated Brown's statements over the years. Regardless, Brown was elected commander-in-chief and he named John Henrie Kagi as Secretary of War. Richard Realf was named Secretary of State. Elder Monroe, a black minister, was to act as president until another was chosen. A.M. Chapman was the acting vice president; Delany, the corresponding secretary. Either during this time or shortly after, the Declaration of the Slave Population of the U.S.A. was written.

Although nearly all of the delegates signed the Constitution, very few delegates volunteered to join Brown's forces, although it will never be clear how many Canadian expatriates actually intended to join Brown because of a subsequent "security leak" that threw off plans for the raid, creating a hiatus in which Brown lost contact with many of the Canadian leaders. This crisis occurred when Hugh Forbes, Brown's mercenary, tried to expose the plans to Massachusetts Senator Henry Wilson and others. The Secret Six feared their names would be made public. Howe and Higginson wanted no delays in Brown's progress, while Parker, Stearns, Smith and Sanborn insisted on postponement. Stearn and Smith were the major sources of funds, and their words carried more weight.

To throw Forbes off the trail and to invalidate his assertions, Brown returned to Kansas in June, and he remained in that vicinity for six months. There he joined forces with James Montgomery, who was leading raids into Missouri. On December 20, Brown led his own raid, in which he liberated eleven slaves, took captive two white men, and stole horses and wagons. On January 20, 1859, he embarked on a lengthy journey to take the eleven liberated slaves to Detroit and then on a ferry to Canada.

Over the course of the next few months he traveled again through Ohio, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts to draw up more support for the cause. On May 9, he delivered a lecture in Concord, Massachusetts. In attendance were Bronson Alcott, Rockwell Hoar, Emerson and Thoreau. Brown also reconnoitered with the Secret Six. In June he paid his last visit to his family in North Elba, before he departed for Harpers Ferry.

The Raid

Brown arrived in Harpers Ferry on June 3, 1859. A few days later, under the name Isaac Smith, he rented a farmhouse in nearby Maryland. He awaited the arrival of his recruits. They never materialized in the numbers he expected. In late August he met with Douglass in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, where he revealed the Harpers Ferry plan. Douglass expressed severe reservations, rebuffing Brown's pleas to join the mission. Douglass had actually known about Brown's plans from early in 1859 and had made a number of efforts to discourage blacks from enlisting.

In late September, the 950 pikes arrived from Charles Blair. Kagi's draft plan called for a brigade of 4,500 men, but Brown had only 21 men (16 white and 5 black - three free blacks, one freed slave, and a fugitive slave). They ranged in age from 21 to 49. Twelve of them had been with Brown in Kansas raids.

On October 16, 1859, Brown (leaving three men behind as a rear guard) led 18 men in an attack on the armory at Harpers Ferry. He had received 200 breechloading .52 caliber Sharps carbines and pikes from northern abolitionist societies in preparation for the raid. The armory was a large complex of buildings that contained 100,000 muskets and rifles, which Brown planned to seize and use to arm local slaves. They would then head south, drawing off more and more slaves from plantations, and fighting only in self-defense. As Frederick Douglass and Brown's family testified, his strategy was essentially to deplete Virginia of its slaves, causing the institution to collapse in one county after another, until the movement spread into the South, essentially wreaking havoc on the economic viability of the pro-slavery states. Thus, while violence was essential to self-defense and advancement of the movement, Brown's hope was to limit and minimize bloodshed, not ignite a slave insurrection as many have charged. From the Southern point of view, of course, any effort to arm the enslaved was perceived as a definitive threat.

Initially, the raid went well. They met no resistance entering the town. They cut the telegraph wires and easily captured the armory, which was being defended by a single watchman. They next rounded up hostages from nearby farms, including Colonel Lewis Washington, great-grand-nephew of George Washington. They also spread the news to the local slaves that their liberation was at hand. Things started to go wrong when an eastbound Baltimore & Ohio train approached the town. The train's baggage master tried to warn the passengers. Brown's men yelled for him to halt and then opened fire. The baggage master, Hayward Shepherd, became the first casualty of John Brown's war against slavery. Ironically, Shepherd was a free black man. For some reason, after the shooting of Shepherd, Brown allowed the train to continue on its way. News of the raid reached Washington by late morning.

In the meantime, local farmers, shopkeepers, and militia pinned down the raiders in the armory by firing from the heights behind the town. Some of the local men were shot by Brown's men. At noon, a company of militia seized the bridge, blocking the only escape route. Brown then moved his prisoners and remaining raiders into the engine house, a small brick building near the armory. He had the doors and windows barred and loopholes were cut through the brick walls. The surrounding forces barraged the engine house, and the men inside fired back with occasional fury. Brown sent his son Watson and another supporter out under a white flag, but the angry crowd shot them. Intermittent shooting then broke out, and Brown's son Oliver was wounded. His son begged his father to kill him and end his suffering, but Brown said "If you must die, die like a man." A few minutes later he was dead. The exchanges lasted throughout the day.

By morning (October 18) the engine house, later known as John Brown's Fort, was surrounded by a company of U.S. Marines under the command of Lt. Col. Robert E. Lee of the United States Army. A young Army lieutenant, J.E.B. Stuart, approached under a white flag and told the raiders that their lives would be spared if they surrendered. Brown replied, "No, I prefer to die here." Stuart then gave a signal. The Marines used sledge hammers and a make-shift battering-ram to break down the engine room door. Lieutenant [Israel Greene] cornered Brown and struck him several times, wounding his head. In three minutes Brown and the survivors were captives. Altogether Brown's men killed four people, and wounded nine. Ten of Brown's men were killed (including his sons Watson and Oliver). Five of Brown's men escaped (including his son Owen), and seven were captured along with Brown.

Imprisonment and trial

Brown and the others captured were held in the office of the armory. On October 18, Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise, Virginia Senator James M. Mason, and Representative Clement Vallandigham of Ohio arrived in Harpers Ferry. Mason led the three-hour questioning session of Brown.

Although the attack had taken place on Federal property, Wise ordered that Brown and his men would be tried in Virginia (perhaps to avert Northern political pressure on the Federal government, or in the unlikely event of a presidential pardon). The trial began October 27, after a doctor pronounced Brown fit for trial. Brown was charged with murdering four whites and a black, with conspiring with slaves to rebel, and with treason against Virginia. A series of lawyers were assigned to Brown, including George Hoyt, but it was Hiram Griswold who concluded the defense on October 31. He argued that Brown could not be guilty of treason against a state to which he owed no loyalty, that Brown had not killed anyone himself, and that the failure of the raid indicated that Brown had not conspired with slaves. Andrew Hunter presented the closing arguments for the prosecution.

On November 2, after a week-long trial and 45 minutes of deliberation, the Charles Town jury found Brown guilty on all three counts. Brown was sentenced to be hanged in public on December 2. In response to the sentence, Ralph Waldo Emerson remarked that "[John Brown] will make the gallows glorious as the Cross." Cadets from the Virginia Military Institute under the leadership of Generals Francis H. Smith and Thomas J. Jackson (who would earn the nickname "Stonewall" fewer than two years later) were called into service as a security detail in the event Brown's supporters attempted a rescue.

Had I interceded in the manner which I admit, and which I admit has been fairly proved, had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of any of their friends, either father, mother, sister, wife or children, or any of that class, and suffered and sacrificed what I have in this interference, it would have been right. Every man in the court would have deemed it an act worthy of reward rather than punishment."'
— John Brown, in court after conviction,

During his month in jail, Brown was allowed to send and receive correspondence. He refused to be rescued by Silas Soule, a friend from Kansas who had somehow infiltrated the prison. Brown said that he was ready to die as a martyr, and Silas left him to be executed. More importantly, many of Brown's letters exuded high tones of spirituality and conviction and, when picked up by the northern press, won increasing numbers of supporters in the North as they simultaneously infuriated many in the South. Brown may have been a prisoner, but he undoubtedly held the nation captive throughout the last quarter of 1859. On December 1, his wife joined him for his last meal. She was denied permission to stay for the night, prompting Brown to lose his composure for the only time through the ordeal.

Victor Hugo's reaction

Victor Hugo, from his Guernsey exile, tried to obtain pardon for John Brown: he sent an open letter that was published by the press on both sides of the Atlantic . This text, written at Hauteville-House on December 2, 1859, warned of a possible civil war:

"[...] Politically speaking, the murder of John Brown would be an uncorrectable sin. It would create in the Union a latent fissure that would in the long run dislocate it. Brown's agony might perhaps consolidate slavery in Virginia, but it would certainly shake the whole American democracy. You save your shame, but you kill your glory. Morally speaking, it seems a part of the human light would put itself out, that the very notion of justice and injustice would hide itself in darkness, on that day where one would see the assassination of Emancipation by Liberty itself. [...]

Let America know and ponder on this: there is something more frightening than Cain killing Abel, and that is Washington killing Spartacus."

Death and afterwards

On the morning of December 2, Brown read his Bible and wrote a final letter to his wife, which included his will. At 11:00 he was escorted through a crowd of 2,000 soldiers. Among them were future Confederate general Stonewall Jackson and John Wilkes Booth, who borrowed a militia uniform to gain admission to the execution. Brown was accompanied by the sheriff and his assistants, but no minister since he had consistently rejected the ministrations of pro-slavery clergy. Since the region was in the grips of virtual hysteria, most northerners, including journalists, were run out, and it is unlikely any anti-slavery clergyman would have been safe, even if one were to have sought to visit Brown. Likely drawing strength from correspondence from northern clergy, he elected to receive no religious services in the jail or at the scaffold. He was hanged at 11:15 a.m. and pronounced dead at 11:50 a.m., and his body was dumped into a cheap wooden coffin with the noose still around his neck--a last gesture of Southern contempt.

On the day of his death he wrote "I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done."

According to popular myth, a slave woman and her infant son were watching from the edges of the crowd. As he passed them, Brown stopped and kissed the baby's forehead.

In 1864, his wife Mary Ann and some of Brown's remaining children moved to Red Bluff California. At some point during their westward journey, Southern militants heard of their presence on the trail and sought to attack them, but the Browns were able to evade them.

John Brown is buried on the John Brown Farm in North Elba, New York, south of Lake Placid, near Saranac Lake.

Senate investigation

On December 14, 1859, the U.S. Senate appointed a bipartisan committee to investigate the Harpers Ferry raid and to determine whether any citizens contributed arms, ammunition or money. The Democrats attempted to implicate the Republicans in the raid; the Republicans tried to disassociate themselves from Brown and his acts.

The Senate committee heard testimony from 32 witnesses, including Liam Dodson, one of the surviving abolitionists. The report, authored by chairman James M. Mason, a pro-slavery politician from Virginia, was published in June 1860. It found no direct evidence of a conspiracy, but implied that the raid was a result of Republican doctrines. The two committee Republicans published a minority report, but were apparently more concerned about denying Northern culpability than clarifying the nature of Brown's efforts. Certainly the 1860 Republican Presidential candidate, Abraham Lincoln of Illinois, echoed his party's view when he called Brown a delusional fanatic who was justly hanged.

Aftermath of the raid

The raid on Harpers Ferry is generally thought to have done much to set the nation on a course toward civil war. Southern slaveowners, fearful that other abolitionists would emulate Brown and attempt to lead slave rebellions, began to organize militias to defend their property, both land and slaves (pre-existing Southern militias had been, for the most part, small and ineffectual). These militias, well-established by 1861, were in effect a ready-made Confederate army, making the South more prepared for secession than it otherwise might have been.

Yet they also put forth the propaganda that Virginia's slaves were unaffected by Brown's presence, and that the majority of "their" slaves had remained staunchly loyal or firmly indifferent to Brown's program. Once more, recent scholarship has disproven this notion and shown how conventional histories of the raid have remained one-sided in describing the outcome of Harper's Ferry according to the slave master. Documentary scholars like Jean Libby and Hannah Geffert have argued quite convincingly that local blacks were far more involved in and supportive of Brown than textbook authors have realized.

Southern Democrats charged that Brown's raid was an inevitable consequence of the Republican Party's political platform, which they associated with Abolitionism. In light of the upcoming elections in November 1860, the Republican political and editorial response to John Brown tried to distance themselves as much as possible from Brown, condemning the raid and dismissing Brown as an insane fanatic.

Much of the general public in the North, however, especially in the Transcendentalists and Abolitionist circles, viewed John Brown as a martyr who had been sacrificed for the sins of the nation. Immediately after the raid, William Lloyd Garrison published a column in The Liberator, entitled "The Tragedy at Harper's Ferry", describing Brown's raid as "well-intended but sadly misguided" and "an enterprise so wild and futile as this".

Although Garrison and his circle opposed any use of violence on principle, he defended Brown's character from detractors in the Northern and Southern press, and argued that those who supported the principles of the American Revolution could not consistently oppose Brown's raid. (Garrison reiterated the point, adding that "whenever commenced, I cannot but wish success to all slave insurrections", in a speech in Boston on the day Brown was hanged.)

After the outbreak of the American Civil War, John Brown's perceived martyrdom was assured. Union soldiers marched into battle singing John Brown's Body, and church congregations sang Julia Ward Howe's new words to the song The Battle Hymn of the Republic: "As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free". Brown was a zealous Christian (the "He died" refers to Jesus), and others in the North were inspired to die to make men free, either through abolutionist activities or fighting as soldiers for the Union in the Civil War. On December 22, 1859, John Greenleaf Whittier published a poem praising him, "Brown of Ossawatomie".

After the Civil War, Frederick Douglass wrote, "Did John Brown fail? John Brown began the war that ended American slavery and made this a free Republic. His zeal in the cause of freedom was infinitely superior to mine. Mine was as the taper light; his was as the burning sun. I could live for the slave; John Brown could die for him."

Howard "Doc" Edwards, Baseball Player, Red Jacket

Howard Rodney Edwards (born December 10, 1936 in Red Jacket, West Virginia) was a backup catcher with the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Athletics, New York Yankees, and the Philadelphia Phillies over parts of five seasons spanning eight years. He earned his nickname of "Doc" as a Navy medic.

Signed by the Indians, he spent some time in the minors before being traded to the Kansas City Athletics for Dick Howser in 1963. After two years, he was traded to the Yankees, and less than a year later, he was sent back to Cleveland. In 1967, he was traded to the Houston Astros, who quickly released him. He was picked up by the Philadelphia Phillies in November, and he made his last appearance in a major league game in 1970.

He coached with both the Phillies and Indians before becoming a manager at the minor league level. In 1981, he managed the Rochester Red Wings against the Pawtucket Red Sox in a 33-inning game, the longest in professional baseball history. In 1987, he was hired by the Indians, but their futility continued (they had only two winning seasons between 1968 and 1987. Edwards was fired with 19 games remaining in the 1989 and replaced with scout John Hart.

Edwards is currently the field manager for the San Angelo Colts, a team in the independent United League Baseball.


William Milfred Batten, Reedy. 1909-1999

Born: 1909 Died: 1999 AD, at 90 years of age.


William Milfred Batten is a Businessman and stock market executive.

1909 - William Milfred Batten was born in Reedy, West Virginia, USA.

1932 - He studied at Ohio State University.

 1958-1974 - Worked for the Kellogg Company before joining the J C Penney Co, where he rose from assistant

store manager to become president, chief executive officer, and chairman.

 1976-1984 - Became president of the New York Stock Exchange.


Kane Davis, Baseball Player, Ripley

Kane Davis is a journeyman pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. He has pitched in the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies New York Mets, and Milwaukee Brewers.

Born on June 25, 1975 in Ripley, West Virginia, Davis stands at 6 feet, 3 inches and weighs 194 pounds.

Ezra Millington 'Salt Rock' Midkiff, Baseball Player, Salt Rock. 1882-1957


Birth:   Nov. 13, 1882
Death:   Mar. 20, 1957
Professioanl Baseball Player. Midkiff was born on November 12, 1882, in Salt Rock, West Virginia. At 5'10", and 180lbs, he made his major league debut on October 5, 1909. Midkiff played for the Cincinnati Reds in 1909, New York Highlanders in 1912, and the New York Yankees in


Dick Brown, Baseball Player, Shinnston. 1935-1970


Dick Brown
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 20, 1957 for the Cleveland Indians
Final game
October 3, 1965 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average     .244
Home runs     62
RBI     223
  • Cleveland Indians (1957-1959)
  • Chicago White Sox (1960)
  • Detroit Tigers (1961-1962)
  • Baltimore Orioles (1963-1965)

Richard Ernest Brown (Born January 17, 1935 in Shinnston, West Virginia, Died April 17, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former right handed catcher who attended Florida State University. Standing at 6'3" tall, and weighing 190 pounds, he played from 1957 to 1965 for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles.

Originally signed by the Indians in 1953, Dick-who is Larry Brown's brother-made his big league debut on June 20, 1957 against the Boston Red Sox at the age of 22.

As a whole, his career never amounted to much, although it did have a few bright spots. He played in 636 games over 9 seasons, hitting .244 with 62 home runs and 223 RBI. His best two seasons were the two he spent with Detroit-he hit 16 home runs in 1961 and 12 home runs in 1962. He had a .989 fielding percentage.

Career highlights include back-to-back-to-back home runs he hit with Norm Cash and Steve Boros on May 23, 1961. He hit a grand slam less than one month earlier on April 29.

He played his final game on October 3, 1965. He was forced to retire because of a brain tumor. After his playing days, he was a scout for the Orioles until his death in 1970. He died from the same thing that made him retire. He is buried in Pinecrest Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida.

Major transactions

  • December 6, 1959: Traded by the Cleveland Indians with Don Ferrarese, Minnie Minoso, and Jake Striker to the Chicago White Sox for Johnny Romano, Bubba Phillips, and Norm Cash.
  • December 7, 1960: Traded by the Milwaukee Braves (who signed him about ten days earlier) with Bill Bruton, Chuck Cottier, and Terry Fox to the Detroit Tigers for Frank Bolling and Neil Chrisley.
  • November 26, 1962: Traded by the Detroit Tigers to the Baltimore Orioles for Gus Triandos and Whitey Herzog.

Other information

  • The numbers he wore in his career were 11 (1957-'59), 20 (1960) and 10 (1961-'65).
  • He was teammates with Colavito for 5 years, longer than any other teammate.
  • According to Baseball Reference, he is most similar statistically to Kelly Stinnett.

Toby Harrah, Baseball Player, Sissonville

Colbert Dale (Toby) Harrah (b. 26 October 1948 in Sissonville, West Virginia) was a professional baseball player who played with the Texas Rangers both before and after their 1971 franchise shift before later being traded to the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees. In 1993, he briefly managed the Rangers.

He played high school baseball in his hometown of La Rue, Ohio and was scouted out but was not signed at graduation as most scouts thought he planned to attend college on a baseball scholarship. A few months later, Tony Lucadello followed up and found that Harrah was not attending school, but was instead working in a factory in nearby Marion, Ohio. Lucadello signed Harrah for the Philadelphia Phillies in December, 1966.

After one year in the Phillies organization, Harrah was drafted by the Washington Senators in the fall of 1967. He advanced to the major league club in 1971; the next year the franchise relocated and became the Texas Rangers. He was the regular shortstop through 1976, then moved to third base, although he still saw some action at short. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1972, 1975, and 1976. He had a career best 93 RBIS in 1975.

In 1978 Toby was traded to the Cleveland Indians for Buddy Bell, a player thought to be fairly similar in many respects. He was the Indians regular third baseman through 1983 and made the All-Star team in 1982. That year he had 100 runs and a career best .304 batting average.

In 1984 Harrah was traded to the New York Yankees, where he was a part time player, then he was traded again to the Rangers, where he played regularly again for the 1985 and 1986 seasons, primarily at second base. With the retirement of Jeff Burroughs in 1985, Harrah became the last active major leaguer to have played for the Washington Senators franchise.

Harrah was noted for his good eye at the plate, regularly in the top ten in the league for bases on balls, and often among the leaders in reaching base safely. He also had better than average power for a defensive infielder, hitting 195 career home runs.

He is currently the hitting coordinator for the Detroit Tigers.


Harrah was involved in two of the most unusual feats in Major League baseball history.

On June 25, 1976, he played an entire doubleheader without taking a single fielding chance. What was most unusual about this was that he managed to do so while playing shortstop, given the predominance of right-handed hitters in a baseball lineup (who will usually hit the ball to the left side of the infield).

Just over one year later, on August 27, 1977, Harrah and teammate Bump Wills would hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs, the only time this feat has ever occurred in a Major League Baseball game.

Toby is one of a select group of major league players to have a palindromic surname. (Mark Salas is another.) Harrah is also the only American League third baseman to be named to the all-star team with a palindromic surname.

Gino Marchetti, Baseball Player, Smithers

Gino John Marchetti (born January 2, 1927, Smithers, West Virginia) is a former professional American football player in the National Football League. A defensive end, he played from 1952 to 1964 and 1966 for the Dallas Texans and the Baltimore Colts.

Pre Pro Football

Marchetti enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating Antioch High School and fought in the Battle of the Bulge as a machine gunner during World War II. Upon returning home after the war, he attended Modesto Junior College (Calif.) for a year before joining the football program at the University of San Francisco, where his team enjoyed an undefeated season in 1951. He was drafted in the second round with the 14th overall pick by the New York Yanks in 1952.

Pro Football career

During his rookie season, the Yanks became the Dallas Texans and in 1953 became the Baltimore Colts. Marchetti played 13 seasons with the Colts and helped them win NFL Championships in 1958 and 1959. During his career, he was noted for being effective against the run and a relentless pass-rusher. He fractured a leg on a key play near the end of the 1958 NFL Championship Game against the New York Giants but, as a team captain, insisted on watching the rest of the historic overtime contest from the sideline with his teammates rather than seeking immediate medical attention in the locker room. The injury forced him to miss the Pro Bowl that year and ended his string of nine consecutive Pro Bowl appearances.


In 1959, Marchetti joined with several of his teammates, including Alan Ameche, and opened a fast food restaurant. The business grew, began to franchise, and would eventually become known as Gino's Hamburgers. It was a successful East Coast regional fast food chain and had 313 company-owned locations when they were sold to Marriott International in 1982 and became Roy Rogers restaurants.

Awards and honors

  • Pro Bowl Selection (1955-1965)
  • All-NFL Selection (1956-1964)
  • NFL 50th Anniversary Team (1969)
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1972)
  • Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (1985)
  • NFL 75th Anniversary Team (1994)
  • All-Madden All-Millennium Team (2000)
  • NFL All-Time Team (2000)
  • In 1999, he was ranked number 15 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the second-highest-ranking defensive end behind Deacon Jones.

Randy Barnes, Olympic Metal Medal Winner, St. Albans


Medal record
Men's Athletics
Silver 1988 Seoul Shot put
Gold 1996 Atlanta Shot put
World Championships
Silver 1993 Stuttgart Shot put
Bronze 1995 Gothenburg Shot put

Eric R. ("Randy") Barnes (born June 16, 1966) is an American shot putter who holds outdoor and indoor distance records. He won silver at the 1988 Olympics and gold at the 1996 Olympics.

Barnes was born in St. Albans, West Virginia and began throwing the shot put in high school. In 1985, he threw an impressive 66 ' 9.5" (20.36 m) with the prep shot of 12 lb (5.44 kg). After graduating from St. Albans High School near Charleston in 1985, he attended Texas A&M University where he broke school records (set by Randy Matson) with a put of 21.88 m (71 ft 9.5 in) with the 7.26 kg (16 lb) full size shot.

He went to the 1988 Seoul Olympics where he threw 22.39 m (73 ft 5.5 in) and earned a silver medal at only 22. He came second to Ulf Timmermann of East Germany, who threw 22.47 m. On January 20, 1989, he set a new indoor world record at the Sunkist Invitational in Los Angeles with a put of 22.66 m (74 ft 4.25 in), which was better than his outdoor personal best at the time.

On May 20, 1990, he broke Ulf Timmermann's outdoor record with a put of 23.12 m. Barnes was banned from competing for 27 months after testing positive for the anabolic steroid methyltestosterone at a competition in Malmö, Sweden on August 7 that same year. He sued to have the suspension overturned, but lost. Due to the suspension, he was unable to compete in the 1992 Olympics.

At the 1996 Olympic games, Barnes won the gold medal that eluded him 8 years earlier with a come from behind 21.62 m throw on his final attempt. In 1998, he tested positive for androstenedione, an over-the-counter supplement (famously used by Mark McGwire) that is banned in track and field. Although Barnes claimed he didn't know andro was banned, he was suspended for life.

As of 2005, both of Barnes's records still stand. He recently became a long driving competitor, competing to hit a golf ball as far as possible; he qualified for the 2005 World Long Drive Championship.

Robert Byrd, Politian, Stotesbury

Robert Carlyle Byrd (born November 20, 1917) is the senior United States Senator from West Virginia and a member of the Democratic Party. Byrd has held the office since January 3, 1959, making him the longest-serving member of the Senate in history. He is also currently the longest-serving and oldest member of the United States Congress.

A resolution was passed on January 4, 2007 that made Byrd President pro tempore of the United States Senate of the 110th United States Congress, a position which puts him third in line to the presidency behind Vice President Dick Cheney and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Previously he held this post from 1989 to 1995, briefly in January 2001 and again from June 2001 to January 2003.

Early life and entry into politics

Byrd was born Cornelius Calvin Sale Jr. in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in 1917. When he was one year old, his mother died in the 1918 Flu Pandemic. In accordance with his mother's wishes, his father dispersed the family children among relatives. Sale Jr. was given to the custody of an aunt and an uncle, Vlurma and Titus Byrd, who renamed him Robert Byrd and raised him in the coal-mining region of southern West Virginia. His parents inculcated in him "the typical southern viewpoint of the time," Byrd has written.

Byrd graduated as valedictorian of his high school class and, in 1937, married his high school sweetheart Erma Ora James. It was twelve years before he could afford to go to college. He eventually attended Beckley College (now Mountain State University), Concord College (now Concord University), Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston), and Marshall College (now Marshall University), all in West Virginia. He worked as a gas-station attendant, grocery-store clerk, shipyard welder, and butcher before he won a seat in the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1946, representing Raleigh County. He served there from 1947 to 1950, when he was elected to the West Virginia Senate from 1951 to 1952. After taking a decade of night classes while in Congress, he graduated from American University's Washington College of Law in 1963.

Participation in the Ku Klux Klan

In the early 1940s, when Byrd was 24 years old, he joined the Ku Klux Klan, which he had seen holding parades in Matoaka, West Virginia, as a child. His father had also been a Klan member. Byrd was unanimously elected to be the leader, known as the Exalted Cyclops, of his local chapter.

Byrd, in his autobiography, attributed the beginnings of his political career to this incident, although he lamented that they involved the Klan. According to Byrd's recollection, Klan official Joel L. Baskin told him, "You have a talent for leadership, Bob... The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation." Byrd recalls that "suddenly lights flashed in my mind! Someone important had recognized my abilities. I was only 23 or 24, and the thought of a political career had never struck me. But strike me that night, it did." He participated in the KKK for a period of time during World War II, holding the titles "Kleagle", which indicated a Klan recruiter, and "Exalted Cyclops". Byrd did not serve in the military during the war, working instead as a welder in a Baltimore shipyard, assembling warships.

Byrd commented on the 1945 controversy raging over the idea of racially integrating the military. In his book When Jim Crow Met John Bull, Graham Smith referred to a letter written that year by Byrd, when he was 28 years old, to segregationist Senator Theodore Bilbo of Mississippi, in which Byrd vowed never to fight:

"with a Negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds."

When running for Congress in 1952, he announced, "After about a year, I became disinterested, quit paying my dues, and dropped my membership in the organization. During the nine years that have followed, I have never been interested in the Klan." During this campaign, "Byrd went on the radio to acknowledge that he belonged to the Klan from 'mid-1942 to early 1943,' according to newspaper accounts. He explained that he had joined 'because it offered excitement and because it was strongly opposed to communism.' "

However, as late as 1946 or 1947, when he was 29 years old, he was still at least somewhat involved in promoting the KKK, as evidenced by a letter that he wrote to a Grand Wizard stating "The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia" and "in every state in the nation."

In 1997, he told an interviewer he would encourage young people to become involved in politics, but: "Be sure you avoid the Ku Klux Klan. Don't get that albatross around your neck. Once you've made that mistake, you inhibit your operations in the political arena."

In his latest autobiography, Byrd explained that he was a member because he "was sorely afflicted with tunnel vision — a jejune and immature outlook — seeing only what I wanted to see because I thought the Klan could provide an outlet for my talents and ambitions."

Byrd also said in 2005: "I know now I was wrong. Intolerance had no place in America. I apologized a thousand times . . . and I don't mind apologizing over and over again. I can't erase what happened."

Congressional service

In 1952, Byrd was elected as a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 6th district of West Virginia, succeeding E.H. Hedrick, who had decided to step down to run for Governor of West Virginia. He was reelected to the House twice. In 1958, he was elected to the United States Senate, defeating the Republican incumbent W. Chapman Revercomb. He has been reelected eight times.

While Byrd faced some vigorous Republican opposition in the past, he has not faced truly serious opposition since freshman congressman Cleve Benedict took a run at him in 1982. He has since won by comfortable margins. Despite his tremendous popularity in the state, he has only run unopposed once, in 1976. On two other occasions — in 1994 and 2000 — he carried all 55 of West Virginia's counties. In his reelection bid in 2000, he won all but seven of West Virginia's precincts. 2nd District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito the daughter of one of Byrd's longtime foes, former governor Arch Moore, Jr., briefly weighed a challenge to Byrd in 2006, but decided against it. Ironically, Capito represents much of the territory Byrd once represented in the House. In the 1960 Presidential election primaries, Byrd, a close ally of Lyndon B. Johnson, then Senate Majority Leader, tried and failed to derail the Democratic front-runner and ultimately successful candidate John F. Kennedy in the crucial West Virginia primary.

On November 7, 2006, Byrd was elected to an unprecedented ninth consecutive term in the Senate. He became the longest-serving senator in American history on June 12, 2006, surpassing Strom Thurmond of South Carolina with 17,327 days of service. Previously, he already held the record for the longest unbroken tenure in the Senate (Thurmond served 48 years in total, but vacated the office between April and November of 1956). Counting his tenure as a West Virginia state legislator from 1947 to 1953, Byrd has served as an elected official for almost 60 years and has never lost an election. Byrd has cast a total of 17,745 votes as of September 13, 2006 — the most of any senator in history. Upon the death of Senator George Smathers of Florida on January 20, 2007 - Byrd became the last living United States Senator from the 1950's  This means that not only has Byrd outlived every other Senator who had seniority over him, but he has remained in the Senate the entire time while doing it (something that even Strom Thurmond did not accomplish). He is on pace to pass Carl Hayden of Arizona as the longest-serving member of either house of Congress in American history sometime in early 2010.

Byrd is the currently the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations. Byrd was first appointed to the committee by then-Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson when he first entered the Senate in 1959. Since 1989, he has been the committee's top Democrat and has chaired the committee when the Democrats have control of the Senate. Byrd is also a member of the Committee on Armed Services, the Committee on Rules and Administration and the Committee on the Budget.

Filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Byrd joined with other Southern and border state Democrats to filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1964, personally filibustering the bill for 14 hours — a move he now says he regrets. Despite an 83 day filibuster in the Senate, both parties in Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Act, and President Johnson signed the bill into law. He also opposed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1968. In 2005, Byrd told the Washington Post that his membership in the Baptist church led to a change in his views. In the opinion of one reviewer, Byrd, along with other Southern and border state Democrats, came to realize that he would have to temper "his blatantly segregationist views" and move to the Democratic Party mainstream if he wanted to play a role nationally.

Leadership roles

Byrd has been a member of the Democratic leadership since 1967, when he was elected as secretary of the Senate Democratic Conference (caucus). He became Senate Majority Whip, or the second-ranking Democrat, in 1971. From 1977 to 1989 Byrd was the leader of the Senate Democrats, serving as Senate Majority Leader from 1977–81 and 1987–89 and as Senate Minority Leader from 1981–87.

Byrd is well known for steering federal dollars to West Virginia, one of the country's poorest states. After becoming chair of the Appropriations Committee in 1989, Byrd sought to steer, over time, a total of $1 billion for public works in the state. He passed that mark in 1991, and the steady stream of funds for highways, dams, educational institutions, and federal agency offices has continued unabated over the course of his membership. More than thirty pending or existing federal projects bear Byrd's name. He commented on his reputation for attaining funds for projects in West Virginia in August 2006 when he called himself "Big Daddy" at the dedication to the Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center. He is close friends with Ted Stevens (R-AK), with whom he alternated as chairman of the committee from 1995 to 2001. Stevens is also legendary for sending federal money back to his home state. Their relationship has been strained in recent years, however, over Byrd's recent stands on U.S. foreign policy.

Byrd is also known for using his knowledge of parliamentary procedure: Before the "Reagan Revolution", Byrd frustrated Republicans with his encyclopedic knowledge of the inner workings of the Senate. From 1977–79 he was described as "performing a procedural tap dance around the minority, outmaneuvering Republicans with his mastery of the Senate's arcane rules." In 1988, while Majority Leader, he moved a call of the senate, which was adopted by the majority present, in order to have the Sergeant at Arms arrest members not in attendance. One member (Robert Packwood, was escorted back to the chamber by the Sergeant-at-Arms in order to obtain a quorum.

As the longest-serving Democrat in the Senate, Byrd was President pro Tempore of the Senate from 1989 until the Republicans won control of the Senate in 1995. When the Senate was evenly split between parties after the 2000 elections, Byrd was president pro tempore again briefly in 2001, when outgoing Vice President Al Gore's tiebreaking vote temporarily gave the Democrats a majority. He stepped down when Vice President Dick Cheney's tiebreaking vote gave the Republicans a majority. When Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont left the Republican party to become an independent he again became president pro tem from June 2001 until Republicans retook the Senate in January 2003. During the times he served as president pro tempore he was the fourth person in the line of presidential succession. On November 14, 2006, he was again elected President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, as a result of the 2006 Senate Elections.

Scholarships and TAH History Grants

In 1969, Byrd launched a Scholastic Recognition Award; he also began to present a savings bond to valedictorians from high schools, public and private, in West Virginia. In 1985 Congress approved the nation's only merit-based scholarship program funded through the U.S. Department of Education, which Congress later named in Byrd's honor. The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program initially comprised a one-year, $1,500 award to students with "outstanding academic achievement" and who had been accepted for enrollment at an institution of higher learning. From 1993 onwards, the program began providing four-year scholarships; students who received the first-year scholarship then could apply for stipends for the next three years.

In 2002 Byrd secured unanimous approval for a major national initiative to strengthen the teaching of "traditional American history" in the K12 public schools. The Department of Education awards in competition $50 to $120 million a year to school districts (in sums of about $500,000 to $1 million). The money goes to teacher training programs, operated in conjunction with universities or museums, geared to improving the content skills of history teachers. Referred to as a "Byrd Grant," these awards come under the “Learning the Lessons of American History” initiative to strengthen and improve the teaching of American history in the schools.

Senate historian

Television cameras were first introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on March 19, 1979, with the launch of C-SPAN. Fearing that Americans only saw the Congress as the House of Representatives, Byrd believed that Senate proceedings should be televised to prevent the Senate from becoming the "invisible branch" of government. Thanks in part to Byrd's efforts, cameras came to the Senate floor in June 1986. To help introduce the public to the inner workings of the legislative process, Byrd launched a series of speeches based on his examination of the Roman Republic and the intent of the Framers. Byrd published a four volume series on Senate history: The Senate: 1789–1989.

For that work, the American Historical Association, presented Byrd with the first Theodore Roosevelt–Woodrow Wilson Award for Civil Service on January 8, 2004. The honorific award is intended to recognize individuals outside the academy "who have made a significant contribution to history." During the 1980s, he delivered a hundred speeches on the floor dealing with various aspects of the Senate's history, which were published in four volumes as The Senate, 1789–1989: Addresses on the History of the Senate (Government Printing Office, 1989–94). The first volume of his series won the Henry Adams Prize of the Society for History in the Federal Government as "an outstanding contribution to research in the history of the Federal Government." He also published The Senate of the Roman Republic: Addresses on the History of Roman Constitutionalism (Government Printing Office, 1995).

Voting record

Despite his long tenure as a member of the Senate Democratic leadership, Byrd is one of the more independent-minded Senate Democrats. He has a reputation for putting the interests of the Senate and West Virginia above the interests of his party.

On occasion, Byrd disagreed with President Bill Clinton's policies. Byrd initially said that the impeachment proceedings against Clinton should be taken seriously and conducted completely. Although he harshly criticized any attempt to make light of it, he made the motion to dismiss the charges against the president and effectively suspend proceedings. Even though he voted against both articles of impeachment, he was the sole Democrat to vote for the censure of Clinton. He strongly opposed Clinton's 1993 efforts to allow gays to serve in the military and has also supported efforts to limit gay marriage. However, he opposed the Federal Marriage Amendment, arguing that it was unnecessary because the states already had the power to ban gay marriages. However, when the amendment came to the Senate floor he was one of the two Democratic Senators who voted in favor of the cloture motion. He also opposes affirmative action.

In the NAACP's Congressional Report Card for the 108th Congress (spanning the 2003–2004 congressional session), Byrd was awarded with an approval rating of 100% for favoring the NAACP's position in all 33 bills presented to the United States Senate regarding issues of their concern. Only 16 other Senators of the same session matched this approval rating. In June 2005, Byrd proposed an additional $10 million in federal funding for the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington, DC, remarking that "With the passage of time, we have come to learn that his Dream was the American Dream, and few ever expressed it more eloquently."

This year, Byrd received 67% rating from the ACLU for supporting rights-related legislation. Byrd also received a 65% vote rating from the League of Conservation Voters for his support of environmentally friendly legislation. Additionally, he received a "liberal" rating of 65.5% by the National Journal—higher than six other Democratic senators.

He also voiced praise for George W. Bush's nomination of Judge John Roberts to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Likewise, Byrd supported the confirmation of Samuel Alito to replace retiring Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Like most Democrats, however, Byrd opposes Bush's tax cuts and his proposals to change the Social Security program.

Byrd is opposed to the Flag Desecration Amendment, saying that, while he wants to protect the American flag, he believed that amending the constitution "is not the most expeditious way to protect this revered symbol of our Republic." In response to the amendment, Byrd has cosponsored S. 1370, a bill that prohibits destruction or desecration of the flag by anyone trying to incite violence or causing a breach of the peace. It also provides that anyone who steals, damages, or destroys a flag on federal property, whether a flag owned by the federal government or a private group or individual, can be imprisoned for up to two years, or can be fined up to $250,000, or both.

In 2004, Byrd offered an amendment that would limit the personnel in Plan Colombia, but was defeated in the Senate

Race and race relations

On March 4, 2001, Byrd said race relations:

"Are much, much better than they've ever been in my lifetime.... I think we talk about race too much. I think those problems are largely behind us ... I just think we talk so much about it that we help to create somewhat of an illusion. I think we try to have good will. My old mom told me, 'Robert, you can't go to heaven if you hate anybody.' We practice that. There are white niggers. I've seen a lot of white niggers in my time. I'm going to use that word. We just need to work together to make our country a better country, and I'd just as soon quit talking about it so much."

Byrd's use of the term "nigger" created immediate controversy, When asked about it, Byrd apologized for the language: " 'I apologize for the characterization I used on this program,' he said. 'The phrase dates back to my boyhood and has no place in today's society. [...] 'In my attempt to articulate strongly held feelings, I may have offended people.' "

Byrd said that he regrets voting against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and would change it if he had the opportunity. In explanation of his vote he said, "We who were born in a southern environment...ought to get ahead of the curve and take down those [white only] signs ourselves. We shouldn't need a law to require us to do it." Byrd, however, said that he realized people were too set in their ways to integrate society on their own and therefore the Civil Rights Act became necessary. Byrd has also said that his views changed most dramatically after his teen-age grandson was killed in a 1982 traffic accident, which put him in a deep emotional valley." The death of my grandson caused me to stop and think," said Byrd, adding he came to realize that black people love their children as much as he does his.

In 1976, Byrd was the "favorite son" candidate in West Virginia's primary. His easy victory gave him control of the delegation to the national convention. His real goal was to become Senate majority leader to succeed Mike Mansfield. Byrd had the inside track as majority whip. Byrd focused most of his time on campaigning for the office of majority leader, more so than for re-election to the Senate, as he was virtually unopposed for his fourth term. By the time the vote for majority leader was at hand, he had it so wrapped up that his lone rival, Minnesota's Hubert Humphrey, withdrew before the balloting took place.

War in Iraq

In the 107th Congress, Byrd suffered some legislative setbacks, particularly with respect to debates on homeland security. Byrd opposed the 2002 law creating the Homeland Security Department, saying it ceded too much authority to the executive branch. He led a filibuster against the resolution granting President George W. Bush broad power to wage a "preemptive" war against Iraq, but he could not get a majority of his own party to vote against cloture and against the resolution. He also led the opposition to Bush's bid to win back the power to negotiate trade deals that Congress cannot amend, but lost overwhelmingly. But, in the 108th Congress, Byrd won his party's top seat on the new Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.

Byrd was one of the Senate's most outspoken critics of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

He appeared on March 7, 2003 on CNN's Larry King Live to discuss his U.S. Senate floor speeches against the Iraq War Resolution in 2002.

On March 19, 2003, when Bush ordered the invasion after receiving U.S. Congress approval, Byrd stated:

"Today I weep for my country. I have watched the events of recent months with a heavy, heavy heart. No more is the image of America one of strong, yet benevolent peacekeeper. The image of America has changed. Around the globe, our friends mistrust us, our word is disputed, our intentions are questioned. Instead of reasoning with those with whom we disagree, we demand obedience or threaten recrimination."

Byrd also criticized Bush for his speech declaring the "end of major combat operations" in Iraq, which Bush made on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. Byrd stated on the Senate floor:

"I do question the motives of a deskbound president who assumes the garb of a warrior for the purposes of a speech."

On October 17, 2003, Byrd delivered a speech expressing his concerns about the future of the nation and his unequivocal antipathy to Bush's policies. Referencing the Hans Christian Andersen children's tale The Emperor's New Clothes, Byrd said of the president: "the emperor has no clothes." Byrd further lamented the "sheep-like" behavior of the "cowed Members of this Senate" and called on them to oppose the continuation of a "war based on falsehoods."

Byrd criticized what he saw as the stifling of dissent: "The right to ask questions, debate, and dissent is under attack. The drums of war are beaten ever louder in an attempt to drown out those who speak of our predicament in stark terms. Even in the Senate, our history and tradition of being the world's greatest deliberative body is being snubbed. This huge spending bill — $87 billion — has been rushed through this chamber in just one month. There were just three open hearings by the Senate Appropriations Committee on $87 billion — $87 for every minute since Jesus Christ was born — $87 billion without a single outside witness called to challenge the administration's line." Finally, Byrd quoted Nazi leader Hermann Göring who stated that rushing to war is easy if the proponent of war portrays opponents as unpatriotic.

In July 2004, Byrd released the book Losing America: Confronting a Reckless and Arrogant Presidency about the Bush presidency and the war in Iraq.

Of the more than 17,000 votes he has cast as a Senator, Byrd says he is proudest of his vote against the Iraq war resolution. However, Byrd has said he is opposed to the establishment of a timetable to withdraw American forces.

On May 23, 2005, Byrd was one of fourteen Senators (who became known as the "Gang of 14") to forge a compromise on the use of the judicial filibuster, thus securing up and down votes for the judicial nominees and ending the need for a "nuclear option". Under the agreement, the senators would retain the power to filibuster a judicial nominee in only an "extraordinary circumstance". It ensured that the appellate court nominees (Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen and William Pryor) would receive a vote by the full Senate.

Note: Representative E.H. Hedrick (D) did not seek re-election in 1952 for West Virginia's 6th Congressional District; thus the seat did not have an incumbent. Therefore, Byrd was placed under the incumbent column because he had the same political affiliation as Hedrick.

2006 re-election campaign

After several major Republican figures in the state decided not to run against Byrd, the Republican party convinced John Raese to run for this seat. Raese is the owner of radio stations and a newspaper in West Virginia. He ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1984 against then Governor Jay Rockefeller. In 1988, he ran against Governor Arch Moore for the Republican nomination and lost.

Raese won the May 2006 primary with 58 percent of the vote, defeating five other candidates. Byrd defeated him on November 7, 2006, securing a ninth consecutive term in the Senate.


Byrd has two daughters, Mona and Marjorie, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Wife: Erma Ora James Byrd (died March 26, 2006)
  • Children: Mona Byrd Fatemi and Marjorie Byrd Moore
  • Sons-in-Law: Mohammad Fatemi and Jon Moore
  • Grandchildren: Erik Fatemi, Darius Fatemi, and Frederik Fatemi, Michael Moore (deceased), Mona Moore, and Mary Anne Moore
  • Great-grandchildren: Caroline Byrd Fatemi, Kathryn Somes Fatemi, Anna Cristina Fatemi, Michael Yoo Fatemi, Emma James Clarkson and Hannah Byrd Clarkson.

Published writing

  • Senator Robert C. Byrd. 2005. Robert C. Byrd: Child of the Appalachian Coalfields.
  • Senator Robert C. Byrd. 2004. Losing America: Confronting A Reckless and Arrogant Presidency.
  • Senator Robert C. Byrd. 2004. We Stand Passively Mute: Senator Robert C. Byrd's Iraq Speeches.
  • Senator Robert C. Byrd. 1995. Senate of the Roman Republic: Addresses on the History of Roman Constitutionalism.
  • Senator Robert C. Byrd. 1995. The Senate, 1789–1989: Classic Speeches, 1830–1993, Vol. 3.
  • Senator Robert C. Byrd. 1993. The Senate, 1789–1989: Historical Statistics, 1789–1992, Vol. 4.
  • Senator Robert C. Byrd. 1991. The Senate, 1789–1989, Vol. 2: Addresses on the History of the United States Senate.
  • Senator Robert C. Byrd. 1989. The Senate, 1789–1989, Vol. 1: Addresses on the History of the United States Senate.


Byrd is known for having amassed one of the largest number of placenames in the history of Congress. This has caused consternation among some of Senator Byrd's critics, due to the fact that toponyms are typically bestowed posthumously. Others say that the placenames are simply a testament to his long record of public service.

  • Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center at Marshall University, Huntington
  • Robert C. Byrd Addition to the Lodge at Oglebay Park, Wheeling
  • Robert C. Byrd Appalachian Highway System part of the Appalachian Development Highway System
  • Robert C. Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown
  • Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center at Marshall University, Huntington
  • Robert C. Byrd Bridge, between Huntington and Chesapeake, Ohio
  • Robert C. Byrd Cancer Research Laboratory of West Virginia University, Morgantown
  • Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown
  • Robert C. Byrd Center for Pharmacy Education at the University of Charleston, Charleston
  • Robert C. Byrd Clinic at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg
  • Robert C. Byrd Clinical Addition to Veteran's Hospital, Huntington
  • Robert C. Byrd Community Center, Pine Grove
  • Robert C. Byrd Conference Center at Davis and Elkins College, Elkins
  • Robert C. Byrd Drive, from Beckley to Sophia (Byrd's hometown)
  • Robert C. Byrd Expressway, U.S. Highway 22, near Weirton
  • Robert C. Byrd Federal Building & Courthouse, Beckley
  • Robert C. Byrd Federal Building & Courthouse, Charleston
  • Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, Green Bank
  • Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technologies Center, Princeton
  • Robert C. Byrd Health and Wellness Center of Bethany College, Bethany
  • Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University, Morgantown
  • Robert C. Byrd High School, Clarksburg
  • Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex, Rocket Center
    • Erma Ora Byrd Conference & Learning Center
  • Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park, Moorefield
  • Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing; Huntington, Charleston, Bridgeport & Rocket Center
  • Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center (and Parking Garage), Wheeling
  • Robert C. Byrd Library & Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center at Mountain State University, Beckley
  • Robert C. Byrd Locks & Dam, Gallipolis Ferry
  • Robert C. Byrd Metals Fabrication Center, Rocket Center
  • Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center, Bridgeport
  • Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center at Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling
  • Robert C. Byrd Rural Health Center at Marshall University, Huntington
  • Robert C. Byrd Science and Technology Center at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown
  • Robert C. Byrd Technology Center at Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi
  • Robert C. Byrd United Technical Center
  • Robert C. Byrd Visitor Center at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry
  • (For Byrd's Wife) Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling
  • Robert C. Byrd Rooms in the Capitol Building (the office of the Senate Minority Leader)


  • Robert Byrd is not only the longest serving member of the US Senate, but is also the longest surviving of any current or former US Senator, having entered the Senate in 1959.
  • Byrd is the last remaining Senator to have voted on a statehood bill.
  • Byrd has served longer in the Senate than eight of his colleagues (Bob Casey, Jr., Amy Klobuchar, Blanche Lincoln, John Thune, David Vitter, Barack Obama, Mark Pryor, and John Sununu) have been alive.
  • Byrd is of no relation to Harry F. Byrd and Harry F. Byrd, Jr., both former U.S. Senators from Virginia.
  • Byrd was an avid fiddle player for most of his life, starting in his teens when he played in various square dance bands. Once he entered politics, he used his fiddling skills to attract attention and win votes. In 1978 when Byrd was Majority Leader, he recorded an album called U.S. Senator Robert Byrd: Mountain Fiddler (County, 1978). Byrd was accompanied by Country Gentlemen Doyle Lawson, James Bailey, and Spider Gilliam. Most of the LP consists of "old-timey" mountain music. Byrd covers "Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die," a Zeke Manners song, and "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." He has performed at the Kennedy Center and on Hee Haw. He can no longer play the fiddle due to the symptoms of what aides say is a benign essential tremor that affects his hands.
  • Byrd is the subject of the song "Byrd From West Virginia" by the cosmic country band "I See Hawks in L.A." The song addresses the challenges and hardships of his early life (not omitting that period when "the darkness of America blinded his sight"), and pays affectionate tribute to his public service career, particularly his opposition to the invasion of Iraq.
  • Senator Byrd is called by some the "King of Pork"[ a name he relishes.
  • Senator Byrd appeared in the Civil War movie Gods and Generals in 2003 along with former Virginia Senator George Allen as Confederate officers.

Wilma Lee Cooper, Country Country Entertainer, Valley Head

Wilma Lee Cooper (February 7, 1921 - ) is a Bluegrass-based country music entertainer. Born Wilma Lee Leary in Valley Head, West Virginia, sang in her youth with her family's gospel group, The Leary Family. She later married fiddler/vocalist Stoney Cooper and the duo headed their own bluegrass group, "Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper and the Clinch Mountain Clan". They were regulars for ten years on WWVA's rival program to the Grand Ole Opry Wheeling Jamboree beginning in 1947 before joining the Grand Ole Opry itself in 1957.

Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper had remarkable record success in the late 1950's and early 1960's on Hickory Records given both their bluegrass sound (which has rarely been so commercially successful) and the damage rock-n-roll was doing to country's popularity at the time. They scored seven hit records between 1956 and 1961, with four top ten hits in Billboard, notably "Big Midnight Special" and "There's a Big Wheel". Stoney Cooper passed away in 1977 but Wilma Lee remained on the Opry as a solo star and on occasion recorded an album for a bluegrass record label. Cooper remained an Opry favorite and regular performer but in 2001 suffered a stroke while performing on the Opry stage. The stroke ended her performing career, but Cooper defied doctors who said she would never walk again and has since returned to the Opry to greet and thank the crowds.

Cooper's daughter, Carol Lee Cooper, is the lead singer for the Grand Ole Opry's backup vocal group, The Carol Lee Singers.

Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis, , Webster. 1832-1905
Anna Marie Jarvis, Founder of Mothers Day, Webster. 1864-1948

Mother and Daughter

Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis (September 30, 1832 - May 9, 1905) was born in Culpeper, Virginia. Jarvis worked around what is now West Virginia to promote worker health and safety concerns. During the American Civil War she organized women to tend to the needs of the wounded of both sides. After the war she became active in the promotion of Mother's Day, a holiday at that time involved with the causes of pacifism and social activism. She organized meetings of mothers of soldiers of both sides of the late war.

Her daughter Anna Marie Jarvis (May 1, 1864 - November 24, 1948) was born in Webster, Taylor County, West Virginia. Her family moved to Grafton, West Virginia in her childhood. Two year after her mother's death she held a memorial to her mother on May 12, 1907, and then went on a quest to make Mother's Day a recognized holiday. She succeeded in making this nationally recognized in 1914. The International Mother's Day Shrine still stands today in Grafton as a symbol of her accomplishments.

By the 1920s, Jarvis had become soured on the commercialization of the holiday. She incorporated herself as the Mother’s Day International Association, claimed copyright on the second Sunday of May, and was once arrested for disturbing the peace. She and her sister Ellsinore spent their family inheritance campaigning against the holiday. Both died in poverty. Jarvis, says her New York Times obituary, became embittered because too many people sent their mothers a printed greeting card. She considered it "a poor excuse for the letter you are too lazy to write."

  • Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis died in Philadelphia, appreciated as the mother of Mothers Days.
  • Anna Marie Jarvis died in West Chester, Pennsylvania, recognized as the founder of the Mother's Day holiday in the United States of America.

Page Johnson, Actor, Welch

Date of birth 25 August 1930, Welch, West Virginia, USA
  1. "The Job" .... Monsignor (2 episodes, 2002)
        - Soup (2002)
    TV Episode .... Monsignor
        - Sacrilege (2002)
    TV Episode .... Monsignor
  2. "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" .... Mary (1 episode, 1999)
    ... aka Law & Order: SVU (USA: promotional abbreviation)
    ... aka Special Victims Unit (New Zealand: English title)
        - Hysteria (1999)
    TV Episode .... Mary
  3. Nobody's Fool (1994) .... C. W. Lomax
  4. Jersey Girl (1992) .... Maitre D'
  5. "Monsters" .... Cappy (1 episode, 1988)
        - Pool Sharks (1988)
    TV Episode .... Cappy
  6. You Can't Take It with You (1984) (TV) .... A man from the Department of Justice
  7. Nicky's World (1974) (TV) .... Workman
  8. Finnegan's Wake (1966) .... Shaun
    ... aka Finnegans Wake
    ... aka Passages from Finnegans Wake
  9. "East Side/West Side" (1 episode, 1964)
        - The Beatnik and the Politician (1964)
    TV Episode

Bernie Casey, Football Player and Actor, Waco

Bernard Terry Casey (born June 8, 1939) was an American Football player during the 1960s who later became an actor. Some years later, in a piece for NFL Films, he expressed his disillusionment with the NFL and professional sports in general, feeling like his creativity and individuality were thwarted by conservative elements in the league and ownership hierarchy. He does not look back fondly on his pro football experience. He also showed off some paintings of his own creation during the piece.

He began his acting career in the film Guns of the Magnificent Seven, a sequel to The Magnificent Seven. From there he moved between performances on television and the big screen. In 1983 he played the role of Felix Leiter in the unofficial (non-EON Productions) James Bond film Never Say Never Again. His comedic role as Colonel Rhumbus in the John Landis film Spies Like Us was followed by appearances in the Revenge of the Nerds sequels.

Also, during his career he worked with such well-known directors as Martin Scorsese in his 1972 film Boxcar Bertha and appeared on such television series as The Streets of San Francisco and as U.N. Jefferson, the national head of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity in Revenge of the Nerds. 1994 saw Casey guest-starring in a two-episode story arc in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (along with series star Avery Brooks) as the Maquis leader Lieutenant Commander Cal Hudson. He has continued working as an actor. In 2006, he co-starred in the film When I Find the Ocean alongside such actors as Lee Majors.


Joe Cerisano, Entertainer, Fairmont

Joe Cerisano began performing professionally at the age of 14 and in the years since, has emerged as one of American music's most sought-after singer/songwriter producers. During his career, the West Virginia native has been a founding member of California '80s rock band Silver Condor (with David Bowie's former guitarist Earl Slick), a studio session singer, a singer for television and radio commercials, and a backing vocalist for Michael Bolton. Cerisano has also sang with Blue Öyster Cult, Gloria Estefan, Placido Domingo, and Richie Havens. In 1990, he and his songwriting partner Marc Blatte began work on Carbon Copy, which they eventually recorded in New York City, New Jersey, and Nashville.

Providing further proof that Joe Cerisano's currency is as vital today as it ever was, in 1999 he contributed vocals to the alternative metal band Korn on their Issues release. ~ Roxanne Blanford, All Music Guide

French Ensor Chadwick, U.S. Navy Officer, Morgantown. 1844-1919


Rear Admiral French Ensor Chadwick, USN (February 28, 1844-1919) was a U.S. Navy officer who became prominent in the naval reform movement of the post-Civil War era. He was particularly noted for his contributions to naval education, and served as president of the Naval War College from 1900-1903.

A native of Morgantown, West Virginia, he attended the United States Naval Academy from 1861-1864. During the Civil War years, the Academy was relocated from Annapolis, Maryland to Newport, Rhode Island, due to concerns about secessionist sympathy in Maryland, a border state.

Major sea commands included the gunboat USS Yorktown, commissioned in 1889.

John Corbett, Actor and Musician, Wheeling

John Joseph Corbett, Jr. (May 9, 1961) is an American actor, known for both film and television roles, and a musician.

Corbett was born in Wheeling, West Virginia to John Joseph Corbett, Sr. He attended Wheeling Central Catholic High School and Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. Corbett was raised in the Catholic religion and is now a Born-again Christian. Corbett lives with his girlfriend Bo Derek in the Santa Ynez Valley, California. He also owns a female cat, Donna Reed. In an interview with Conan O'Brien, he claimed that he lost his virginity at age 21.

His first major role was as the hippie boyfriend of Karen Arnold in season 1 episode 4 "Angel" of The Wonder Years in 1988. Corbett has since co-starred in two successful television series to date: Northern Exposure from 1990 to 1995 and Sex and the City (spanning 20 episodes from 2001 to 2002). In addition, he starred in two short-lived television series. The first was a 1997 sci-fi series entitled The Visitor. Corbett starred as Adam MacArthur, a man abducted by aliens only to find his way home 50 years later with unearthly powers. In 2003, he starred in his second series entitled Lucky, which was about a professional poker player, Michael 'Lucky' Linkletter, living in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, this show was put on air before the current poker fad took off, and it was not renewed for a second season – despite critical acclaim and a loyal following. Despite the loyal following, FX has not released the show on DVD.

Important movies credits include the hit comedy movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), Raising Helen (2004), and Bigger Than the Sky (2005). Corbett also appeared in the movie Serendipity with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale and played the role of a sensitive, inspiring, funny music teacher in the movie, Raise Your Voice, which starred Hillary Duff.

His first full length album was released on April 4, 2006. Among the songs is his version of "Good to Go," for which the video can currently be seen on country video stations like Great American Country. He has been on a nationwide tour of the U.S. with his band for much of 2006.

John Corns, U.S. Army General, Ruth

A three-star Army general who was commander of bases in Japan and Alaska, and as Inspector General during the Gulf War he insured that American troops were properly prepared before being sent to the region. Corns was the only three-star general who did not attend a military college. He was born in Logan County. When his father was injured in a mine cave-in, the family moved to Ruth, near Charleston, where he grew up. He attended Marshall University.

Dagmar, Actress, Hunington. 1922-2001

(Virginia Ruth Egnor) appeared on NBC television on Broadway Open House and with Jack Paar. She was voted the most photogenic girl on TV by a nationwide poll of editors and she appeared on the cover of Life magazine. In 1952 Dagmar starred in her own TV show, Dagmar's Canteen. Earlier in her career she used the name Jenny Lewis. She was born and grew up in Huntington. Dagmar declined to give her birthdate, although it is listed as November 29 in 1920, 1921, or 1927. She died on Oct. 9, 2001. According to TV Guide, she was 79.

Kristan Cunningham, Interior Designer, Charleston

From a very young age, Kristan Cunningham had an astute eye for design. She received a scholarship to study interior design at the University of Charleston in her home state of West Virginia. After college, she headed west to Los Angeles to enter the "glamorous world of design". She kicked off her career landing a job at one of L.A.'s premiere furniture showrooms, climbing the ranks from sales associate to buyer, where she quickly earned a reputation for her furniture designs. In 2001, Kristan became a resident designer for a renowned kitchen design firm in L.A.'s hip and trendy Design District.

After an appearance on Home and Garden Television's popular series Designer's Challenge, Kristan was asked to join the HGTV family. In 2003, she became the host and lead designer of Design on a Dime, the hit show with a fresh approach to budget conscious style. Recently, Kristan was given the challenge of designing and executing a couple's dream wedding on Design on a Dime's first primetime special. Her on-air appearances have grown to include popular design segments on Today, The Wayne Brady Show, Life and Style, Tyra and Live! With Regis and Kelly.

Kristan hit bookstands in 2003, featured in the best selling book Design on a Dime: Achieve High Style on a $1000 Budget. It was quickly followed up with the equally successful Six Steps to Design on a Dime. Other books featuring Kristan's designs include HGTV's Kitchen's, and HGTV's Bathrooms. Kristan is also a contributor and Lifestyle Expert for Redbook magazine's Marriage Institute. In 2004, Kristan and her fiancée Scott Jarrell, purchased the home of renowned modernist architect Conrad Buff. Their extensive two-year renovation was documented in a five part series featured in Better Home and Garden's DIY magazine. In addition, Kristan has made several public appearances in support of Goodwill Industries.

Kristan resides in Pasadena, California with Scott and their adorable yorkie, Floyd.

Cornstalk, Shawnee Chief, Statesman, and Warrior, Point Pleasant

(b. 1720  d. 1777), a Shawnee chief, statesman, and warrior, led raids into the Greenbrier Valley and other parts of what is now West Virginia. He was commander-in-chief of the combined Indian forces at the Battle of Point Pleasant. He is buried in the courthouse yard at Point Pleasant; a monument is located near his grave. He was born on the Ohio-West Virginia frontier.

Jeff Copley, Country Entertainer, Crum

Jeff Copley was born in West Virginia and raised on the country and bluegrass traditions of that region. A talented vocalist, Copley was groomed by Polygram to capitalize on his good looks and charming mixture of Appalachian tradition with Music City shine. Evergreen, his debut, appeared in 1995.

Stephen Coonts, Author, Buckhannon

(b. 1946- ), author, wrote Flight of the Intruder, the Vietnam War naval aviation novel. Other novels include: The Cannibal Queen, about a flight across country in a biplane, Final Flight, The Minataur, Under Siege, and The Red Horseman, all of which were New York Times best sellers. Coonts is from Buckhannon, where his parents still live. He was born in Morgantown. He graduated from WVU in 1968.

Jim Comstock, Newspapers and Author, Richwood. 1911-1996

(b. 1911  d. 1996) was the editor of the West Virginia Hillbilly and the Richwood News-Leader and the author of the Best of Hillbilly and the voluminous West Virginia Encyclopedia. Comstock was possibly West Virginia's most prolific writer about mountain culture and history. He saved Pearl Buck's birthplace and helped launch the Cass Scenic Railroad. He graduated from Marshall University and was a resident of Richwood.

Mike Compton, Football Player, Richlands

(b. 1970- ), the starting left guard for the New England Patriots, played at WVU, where he became a first team All-American. He was born in Richlands, Va.

Larry Combs, Musician, Charleston

He has been the principal clarinetist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1978. He was born in Charleston.

Cora Sue Collins, Actress, Beckley

(b. 1927- ) was a child actress who appeared in many movies in the 1930s. Her first film, at age five, was The Strange Case of Clara Deane (1932). She played the illegitimate daughter of Colleen Moore in The Scarlet Letter (1934). In her last film, at age 18, she played Elinor Randall in Roughly Speaking (1945). She was born in Beckley.

Arden Coger, Webster Springs

He is a several time World Champion Wood Chopper who travels the world and competes in chopping contests. He born and raised in Webster County, where he still lives. He was instrumental in starting the Webster County Woodchopping Festival in the 1960s. His son, Arden "Jamie" Coger Jr., is a top competitor on the North American woodchopping circuit. He is the only top competitor in the sport who does not make the circuit his full-time occupation.

Peggy Church, Actress

 (b. 1954- ) appeared in The Big Snatch in 1968 and played the role of Debbie in the movie The All-American Girl (1972). She was born in West Virginia.

W. Hodding Carter, Writer and Adventurer, Beckley

A writer and adventurer, led an expedition which retraced Leif Eriksson's voyage in a replica Viking ship, sailing from Greenland to Newfoundland in 87 days in 1998. He is the son of President Carter's State Department spokesman. Carter lives in Beckley.

Tom Canning, Song Writer, Morgantown

A keyboard artist who has also written or co-written numerous songs, many of them for Al Jarreau, for whom he was musical director. He graduated from Morgantown High School in 1965.

Bill Campbell, Golf, Huntington

President of the United States Golf Association in 1987 and 1988. He also served as captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland, in 1983. The R & A is the governing body for golf outside the U. S. He is the only person ever to hold both positions. Campbell won the U. S. Amateur title in 1964 (beating Oak Hill native Ed Tutwiler in the final). He is from Huntington.

Richard Currey, Author, Parkersburg

b. 1949. is a critically-acclaimed writer whose books have appeared in ten languages. He is the author of the novel Fatal Light (1988) and the short story collection Wars of Heaven, the title story from which is included in the 1998 O. Henry Award Prize Story Collection. He is from Parkersburg.

Tommy Small, Boxer, Beckley

Born in Beckley, WV, USA Division Light Middleweight Date of Birth 1963-08-02 Reach 69,5” Stance Orthodox Height 5' 8    |  L 17  |  D 0  |  Total Fights: 52

Julian Lane Latimer, Shepherdstown. 1868-1939

(1868-1939) commanded the battleship Rhode Island during World War I. He later became judge advocate of the Navy. He was born at Shepherdstown.

Greg Keatley, Princeton

a pitcher for the Royals in 1981, was born in Princeton.

Billy Dixon, Frontiersman, Buffalo Hunter and Scout, Ohio County. 1850-1913

Dixon, William (Billy), scout, buffalo hunter (Sept. 25, 1850-Mar. 9, 1913) 
B. in Ohio County, the present West Virginia, 

He was orphaned at age 12 and went to live with an Uncle in Ray County, 
Missouri, ran away from uncle's home at age 14 carrying only the clothes he 
was wearing and a sack containing one extra shirt and a photograph of his 

He was hired by wagon freighters in Kansas as a teamster, he spent most of 
the time until 1869 at this occupation, working between such points as 
Fort Kearny, Nebraska, Fort Collins, and Julesburg, Colorado and Camp 
Supply, Indian Territory.  He was a government mule skinner.

On October 18, 1867, he was at the camp on Medicine Lodge Creek when some 
1500 Plains Indian warriors appeared dramatically at the peace conference, 
riding over a hill in all their finery and charging to within 200 yards of 
the camp.

Dixon became a fine rifle shot and sometimes guided parties of eastern 
excursionists on buffalo-hunting expeditions.  In November, 1869 he went 
into buffalo hunting fulltime northwest of Fort Hays, one of the first 
professional hide hunters.   He soon had his own outfit.
On one occasion he recalled he had taken "120 hides without moving (my) 
rest sticks."  The work was profitable and Dixon invested his earnings in a 
road house a dozen miles south of Hays City, Kansas, but a partner, 
Billy Reynolds, skipped with the accumulated cash and Dixon returned to 
buffalo hunting.  He was one of the first hunters to work south of the 
Canadian in Comanche country and by 1874 was in the Texas Panhandle. 
On another occasion Billie Dixon killed 82 buffalo at one "stand" of about 
two or three acres of land. 

Spring of 1874 found him in Dodge City along with a number of other hunters.  
By then the buffalo had been thinned out in many areas by constant hunting, 
and the treaty land south of the Arkansas River began to look more and more 

Despite the Indians' growing hostility, about fifty hunters, skinners, and 
merchants decided to establish a camp deep within the treaty territory 
somewhere along the Canadian River.  The site finally chosen was about one 
mile northeast of Brent's old trading post.  Abandoned in 1844, the ruins 
had come to be known as Adobe Walls.  There Kit Carson and his troops 
narrowly escaped defeat when they attacked a Kiowa-Comanche encampment in 
1864 and were forced to beat a hasty retreat.

After constructing two trading stores, a blacksmith shop, and a saloon, the 
hunters scattered to search for the buffalo herd.  By late June, the 
scattered Indian attacks had increased in intensity and several hunters had 
been killed.  As a result many of the men gathered at Adobe Walls for mutual 

	Second Battle of Adobe Walls

A force of between 700 and 1,000 warriors was assembled, and the attack was 
launched at dawn on June 27, 1874.  There were  twenty-eight men and one 
woman at Adobe Walls on that morning.  On this morning the men in Hanrahan's 
saloon were awakened by a mysterious report at 2:00 a.m.  After bracing the 
ridge pole of the building, the men decided to stay up and get an early 
start on their travels.  That occurance no doubt saved the hunters' lives.

Just before the attack, Billy Dixon emerged from the saloon carrying his 
rifle.  When he looked up he noticed a strange body of unidentified objects 
moving along the edge of the timber some distance from the camp.  As he 
watched, the objects suddenly fanned out and broke into a headlong charge.  
Even when he recognized the hostiles, Dixon didn't expect an attack on the 
buildings.  He ran to tie his horse to a wagon.  When he returned to fire a 
shot or two at the raiders, he expected them to be running off the other 
horses.  But to his amazement, he found that they were charging directly 
toward the buildings.  Dixon fired one shot and ran for his life back into 
Hanrahan's saloon.  

As for the Indians, their intended victims were men who made their living 
by means of their shooting skill, who were sheltered in buildings, and who 
had a plentiful supply of ammunition.  Most of the hunters were equipped 
with the Sharps buffalo rifles which could easily outrange the Indian arms. 
The effects of its big .50 caliber bullets on a human body were devastating.

During much of the day, the two youngest hunters in the group, Billy Dixon 
and Bat Masterson, fought together.  Masterson, who would later gain 
considerable fame as a lawman, considered Dixon "an extraordinarily fine 
shot with a buffalo gun."

They lost four killed compared with an unknown but probably greater Indian 
loss, Dixon scored one of the remarkable shots of Plains legend late in this
engagement, picking off an Indian at a distance later measured at 
1,538 yards, just under seven-eights of a mile; and with allowances for 
luck, it was a memorable feat. 

In August General Nelson Miles arrived in Dodge City and hired Dixon as a 
scout for his expedition sent out to put down the uprising into the Staked
Plains in the summer of 1877, where his knowledge of the country was 
instrumental in discovering water for the command at a critical time.

In September Dixon, scout Amos Chapman and four enlisted men were directed 
to take dispatches from Miles's headquarters on McClellan Creek, Texas, to 
Camp Supply.  With them went Sergeant Woodhull and Privates Rath, Harrington,
and Smith, all from the Sixth Calvary.  On the second day they were met by 
a large band of hostile Indians.  A soldier, Private Smith, who was holding 
the horses,  was wounded mortally and four others, Sergeant Woodhall, 
Private Harrington, and Scout Amos Chapman were seriously wounded; and 
Private Rath and Scout Billy Dixon received comparatively minor wounds.  
The tiny group managed to gain the limited protection of a shallow buffalo 
wallow and in this famous engagement successfully held off the enemy.

All of the men were recommended for the Medal of Honor by General Miles 
and all received the award.

Dixon's dictated autobiography, published as a biography by his widow, 
gives somewhat more heroic credit to the scout than do other accounts of 
this fight but in any event his actions were wholly creditable as were those
of the other five.  All six were awarded Medals of Honor, although Dixon and 
Chapman, being civilians, subsequently were obliged to return them.  

Dixon was present at the November 8, 1874, rescue of two of the German 
(Germaine) sisters from the Cheyennes on McClellan Creek. 

He said he was with the party which selected the site of Fort Elliott, Texas,
established February 3, 1875, near the present town of Mobeetie (SweetWater)
and was attached to that post as guide.  

In 1883 Dixon quitted the army payroll and, since the buffalo were gone from 
the South Plains, ranched, homesteaded, built a residence at the site of 
Adobe Walls and even became postmaster when a post office was established 
there.  He married Olive King in 1894 and was elected first sheriff of 
Hutchinson County, Texas, but resigned in disgust at political activity 
affecting the position.  

He resettled in 1902 at Plemons, a small community in central Hutchinson 
County so his children could go to school, but shortly moved once more, 
this time to Cimarron County, Oklahoma where again he homesteaded.  He died 
at Texline, Texas, on the New Mexico border just south of Cimarron County, 
Holly Suzette Dunn, Country Entertainer, Havaco 
A singer and songwriter, recorded Daddy's Hands and wrote I'm Not Through Loving You Yet, a top
ten country hit recorded by Louise Mandrell. She lived at one time in Havaco, W. Va. She was born in San Antonio, Texas.

b. Holly Suzette Dunn, 22 August 1957, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Dunn's father was a preacher and her mother a professional artist, but they encouraged their children to sing and entertain. Dunn learned guitar and became a lead vocalist with the Freedom Folk Singers, representing Texas in the White House bicentennial celebrations. After university, she joined her brother, Chris Waters (Chris Waters Dunn), who had moved to Nashville as a songwriter (he wrote "Sexy Eyes" for Dr. Hook). Together they wrote "Out Of Sight, Not Out Of Mind" for Cristy Lane. Among her other songs are "An Old Friend" (Terri Gibbs), "Love Someone Like Me" (New Grass Revival), "Mixed Emotions" (Bruce Murray, brother of Anne Murray) and "That Old Devil Moon" (Marie Osmond). Dunn sang on numerous demos in Nashville. Her self-named album for the MTM label in 1986, and her own composition "Daddy's Hands", drew considerable attention. Across The Rio Grande, was a traditional yet contemporary country album featuring Vince Gill and Sam Bush and it won much acclaim. However, MTM went into liquidation and Dunn moved to Warner Brothers Records. Her up-tempo "You Really Had Me Going" was a country number 1 and other country hits include "Only When I Love", "Strangers Again" and "That's What Your Love Does To Me". Her "greatest hits" set, Milestones, aroused some controversy when she issued one of its tracks, the newly recorded "Maybe I Mean Yes" as a single. The song was accused of downplaying the trauma of date rape, and Dunn was sufficiently upset to ask radio stations not to play the record. Her career was restored to equilibrium with the low-key, but impressive, Getting It Dunn in 1992. This was her last album for Warner, and she subsequently signed to the independent label River North.

Johnny Paycheck, Country Entertainer, Craigsville. 1941-2003

(1941-2003), country singer and member of the Grand Ole Opry, was born in Greenfield, Ohio. In the 1990s he was said to be living in Craigsville. His biggest hit was Take This Job and Shove It.

b. Donald Eugene Lytle, 31 May 1938, Greenfield, Ohio, USA, d. 18 February 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. His date of birth is often disputed, and varies between 1938 and 1941. The title of Paycheck's 1977 country hit, "I'm The Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)", is apt as he was in trouble throughout his life; the wild eyes on his album sleeves give the picture. Although only 5 feet 5 inches, Paycheck was tougher than most and served two years for assaulting an officer while in the US Navy. He moved to Nashville and played bass and sometimes steel guitar for Porter Wagoner, Faron Young, Ray Price and chiefly, George Jones. He made several records with Jones, singing tenor on I'm A People and the hit singles "Love Bug" and "The Race Is On". At first, Lytle recorded rockabilly as Donny Young in 1959 ("Shakin' The Blues", written by Jones) and then sang country on Mercury Records ("On Second Thoughts'). The name Johnny Paycheck was originally thought to be a parody of Johnny Cash, but it actually came from a heavyweight boxer who was KO'd by Joe Louis in two rounds in 1940 and was close to Lytle's own Polish family name. By now, he had developed Jones" mannerisms and he had country hits with "A-11" and "Heartbreak, Tennessee". He wrote Tammy Wynette's first hit, "Apartment No. 9", and Ray Price's "Touch My Heart'. He formed Little Darlin" Records with producer Aubrey Mayhew in 1966 and had country hits with "The Lovin' Machine", Bobby Bare's composition "Motel Time Again" and "Don't Monkey With Another Monkey's Monkey". His supposedly live album from Carnegie Hall was actually recorded in a studio on April Fool's Day 1966.

Paycheck became an alcoholic, the label went bankrupt and he was arrested for burglary. He moved to Los Angeles, living hand to mouth, spending what little money he had on drink and drugs. Record producer Billy Sherrill rehabilitated him and he had a massive country hit with "Don't Take Her, She's All I Got" in 1971. This was followed by "Someone To Give My Love To", "Mr. Lovemaker" and "Song And Dance Man". Paycheck also had success on the US country charts with a gospel-flavoured duet with Jody Miller, "Let's All Go Down To The River". Further troubles led to bankruptcy and a paternity suit in 1976. In 1977, at the height of outlaw country, he had his biggest country hit with David Allan Coe's anthem to working people, "Take This Job And Shove It", and its b-side, "Colorado Cool-Aid", was successful in its own right.

Paycheck's lifestyle was ably reflected in such tracks as "Me And The I.R.S.", "D.O.A. (Drunk On Arrival)", and "11 Months And 29 Days", which was his sentence for passing a dud cheque at a Holiday Inn - a case of Johnny Badcheck. A lawsuit with his manager followed and his friends, George Jones and Merle Haggard, made albums with him. In 1981, after he went back to a woman's house after a concert, he was arrested for allegedly raping her 12-year-old daughter. The charges were reduced - he was fined and given probation - but he was dropped by Epic Records, although he maintained, "I dropped them. I couldn't stand the back-stabbing stench there anymore". Then, in 1985, he got into a bar-room argument with a stranger - and shot him in the head. While awaiting trial, he recorded with the "de-frocked" evangelist John Wesley Fletcher. Paycheck claimed he had the gun because he had emphysema and so could not fight physically! He was found guilty of aggravated assault and entered prison in 1989, recording a live album with a visiting Merle Haggard while incarcerated. In 1991, his sentence was commuted, subject to community services. PayCheck (note the new spelling) also recorded a duet with George Jones, "The Last Outlaw's Alive And Doing Well". Various performers gave him their support at a tribute concert, and in 1997 Paycheck joined the cast of the Grand Ole Opry. The following year he fell seriously ill due to complications with diabetes and emphysema, and despite a period of convalescence no new recordings were forthcoming. One of music's great survivors, Paycheck finally succumbed to illness in February 2003.

Henry Woodward (1891- ? ) was an actor who appeared in numerous silent films from 1917 to 1920. He was born in Charleston.

Sometimes Credited As H. Woodward / Henry F. Woodward


  1. The Last of the Mohicans (1920) .... Major Heyward
  2. Deep Waters (1920) .... Henry Sanford
  3. Her Five-Foot Highness (1920) .... Williams
  4. Seeing It Through (1920) .... Jim Carrington
  5. Male and Female (1919) (uncredited) .... McGuire, Lady Eileen's chauffeur
  6. Are You Legally Married? (1919) .... Wayne Hearne
  7. Forbidden (1919) .... Fred Worthington
    ... aka The Forbidden Box
  8. The Love Burglar (1919) .... Dave Dorgan
  9. You're Fired (1919) .... Tom
  10. Hearts Asleep (1919) .... Gentleman Chi
  11. The Mystery Girl (1918) .... Captain Thomas K. Barnes
  12. The Road Through the Dark (1918) .... John Morgan
  13. Lawless Love (1918) .... Black Jim
    ... aka Above the Law (USA: copyright title)
  14. The Firefly of France (1918) .... Georges
  15. The Claw (1918) .... Richard Saurin
  16. Believe Me, Xantippe (1918) .... Arthur Sole
  17. The Hidden Pearls (1918) (as Henry F. Woodward) .... Ensign Brooks
  18. Nan of Music Mountain (1917) .... Jeffries
  19. On the Level (1917) .... Judge Wilton
  20. The Marcellini Millions (1917) .... Wade Crosby
  21. The Winning of Sally Temple (1917) .... Lord Verney


Donivon Edwin Adams was a progressive innovator as warden of the West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville. Appointed to the position by Governor Underwood, he officiated at the last three executions held in West Virginia. Adams was liked by inmates, and could walk in the excercise yard without fear of attack. He organized a quartet of prisoners who sang at churches around the state.

Gail Galloway Adams (1943- ) won the 1988 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction for her collection The Purchase of Order. She was born in Texas but is a long-time resident of Morgantown.

Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams (1945- ), the subject of a movie starring Robin Williams, founded the Gesundheit! Institute, a 40-bed free hospital in Hillsboro, West Virginia. He was born in Washington, D. C., and raised in northern Virginia.

Noah Adams, the former long-time co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, began his radio career at WIRO in Ironton, Ohio, and worked also at WCMI in Ashland, Ky., and WSAZ radio station in Huntington.

Rex D. Adams is currently the Dean of the Business School at Duke University and previously was a Vice President of Mobil Oil Corporation. He is a Rhodes Scholar and was Academic All-American in football at Duke in 1961. He is a native of Rainelle.

Bob Adkins, an end for the Green Bay Packers during the World War II era who died in 1997 at age 80. While at Marshall University, Adkins helped the Thundering Herd go undefeated in 1937. He coached football and taught at Point Pleasant High School. He was born in Point Pleasant.

Col. Ralph D. Albertazzie served as pilot of Air Force One during the Nixon administration.

Althea Todd Alderson, a writer of short stories and poetry. Her best known poem, "The Spirit of Saint Louis," was published in a Doubleday and Doran anthology in the 1930s. She was born in Malden.

John Alderson fought Mike Tyson early in Tyson's career, on July 11, 1985. The fight was scheduled for six rounds, but the doctor stopped it between the second and third rounds. Thus Tyson won with a TKO in the second round. Alderson is from the Upper Kanawha Valley and fought for the Marmet Boxing Club as an amateur.

Robert Alexander played for the Los Angeles Rams and WVU. He was Parade Magazine's High School Player of the Year as a senior. He is from South Charleston.

James Edward Allen, Jr. (1911-1971) was appointed the U. S. Commissioner of Education by President Nixon in 1969. He resigned in June 1970 over the administration's policies on school desegregation and the Vietnam War. He was born in Elkins. He had previously been Commissioner of Education for New York State.

Lea Anderson became the first woman elected as president of the West Virginia University (WVU) student body in 1975.

Jane S. Armitage is the Chair of the Theater and Dance Program and Artistic Director at Oberlin College in Ohio. She has served as director of training programs at Riverside Shakespeare Company in New York and has taught at Boston University in both the music and theater departments. She has taught at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, the National Shakespeare Conservatory, served as register and Provost for the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and has remained active with the American College Theater Festival. She graduated from Charleston High School in 1955 and Morris Harvey College in 1959.

Big Jon Arthur (real name: Jonathan Goerss), host of two ABC radio children's shows Big Jon and Sparkie and No School Today. The latter show was heard by 12 million listeners weekly on 275 stations in 1950. Goerss was from Pittsburgh, but lived in Beckley and worked at WJLS there early in his broadcasting career. He died in 1982.

Dave Augustine (1949- ), an outfielder for the Pirates from 1973 to 1974, was born in Follansbee.

David Roman Daniels played himself in the TV series Aardvark in 1999. He was born in Charleston.

Faith Daniels, newscaster on NBC News at Sunrise and The Today Show, worked for a while at WTRF-TV in Wheeling and is graduate of Bethany College.

Glenn Ashby Davis (1934- ), the world-record holder in the 400-meter hurdles (1956-62) who was the first man to win the Olympic gold medal twice in that event. He was born in Wellsburg.

Henry Gassaway Davis (1823-1916) was the Democratic candidate for Vice President in 1904, at age 80. He ran on the ticket headed by Alton Brooks Parker; they lost to Theodore Roosevelt. Davis had been a Senator from West Virginia from 1871 to 1883. He was one of the founders of Davis and Elkins College. The towns of Davis and Gassaway are named for him. He was born in Woodstock, Maryland, and is buried in Elkins.

John William Davis (1873-1955) was the Democratic candidate for President in 1924. He was nominated on the 103rd ballot at a deadlocked convention. He was born in Clarksburg. Davis was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1895 but returned to his birthplace two years later. In 1899 he was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates and in 1910 to the U. S. House of Representatives. From 1913 to 1918 he served as solicitor general of the United States, and he was one of President Woodrow Wilson's advisers at the Paris Peace Conference following World War I. He also served as ambassador to Great Britain (1918-21), after which he accepted a partnership in a New York law firm.

Julia Davis (1900-1993) a writer of children's literature, is West Virginia's first and second Newbery Honor winner for Vanio: A Boy of New Finland and Mountains are Free. She was born in Clarksburg.

Kane Davis (1975- ) is a pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, having been traded from the Cleveland Indians. He was born in Ripley.

Deacon Dawson (1950- ) is an actor and radio personality. His movie appearances include Body Count, Bandit (Silver Angel Episode), Southern Justice (The Medgar Evers Murder), George Lucas' Radioland Murders (as Peter Lorre), and several made-for-television features. His TV credits include Matlock, Unsolved Mysteries, American Gothic, and various commercials. He is heard on WSYN, Oldies Radio, Sunny 106.5 in Myrtle Beach, S. C. Dawson is a 1968 graduate of Huntington High School and he attended Marshall University.

Jim Dawson is the author of Who Cut the Cheese? - A Cultural History of the Fart which according to his website has sold 100,000 copies and is the world's top-selling book on the subject of flatulence. He has also written or co-written a number of books on the history of rock 'n' roll. He grew up in Parkersburg, although he now lives in California.

Joseph H. Diss DeBar was a noted artist and linguist. He designed the Great Seal and Coat of Arms of West Virginia. He lived in Doddridge County.

Blanche Dee (1936-1987) played the mother in Hallelujah the Hills (1962) and appeared in an episode of Kojak. She was born in Wheeling.

Ed Delahanty played baseball for the Wheeling team in the Tri-State League in 1888 before moving on to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Martin R. Delany (1812-1885) abolitionist, author, and physician. From 1847 to 1849 he edited the North Star newspaper with abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass. He then entered Harvard Medical School. In 1852 he set up practice in Pittsburgh and wrote The Condition, Elevation, Emigration and Destiny of the Colored People in the United States, said to be the first presentation of American black nationalism. In 1854 he helped organize the National Emigration Convention to discuss his proposal for the resettlement of blacks in Africa. At the start of the Civil War he was assigned to recruit blacks for the Union army and became the first black major in the U. S. Army. He was born in Charles Town (then in Virginia).

William Francis DeVault (1955- ) is the author of more than 6000 poems. His books include PanthEon, from Out of the city, and from an unexpected quarter, which features on the cover his wife, model Ann-Michelle. His fourth book of a forgotten religion is due out in October 2001, and a CD titled simply "Amomancer" is to be released in November 2001. Poetry Now! called him "a master. . .and the future of the Digital Renaissance." He was born in South Carolina but lived in West Virginia from 1967 to 1981. He graduated from Morgantown High School in 1973 and then attended WVU.

Joyce DeWitt (1949- ) played the part of Janet Wood in the TV series Three's Company. She was born in Wheeling.

Douglas Dick (1920- ), a movie actor, was born in "Charlestown, W. Va.," according to the Internet Movie Data Base.

Hazel Dickens, a singer and songwriter, grew up near Montcalm. Her music became more widely known through the use of her songs in the movie Harlan County, U. S. A. She wrote A Few Old Memories and Mama's Hand, both performed by Dolly Parton, and has performed at the White House.

Henry Dickerson played for the Detroit Pistons in 1974-1976 and the Atlanta Hawks during the 1976-1977 season. He later coached at Marshall University and was head coach of UT-Chattanooga from 1997-2001. He is a 1969 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley.

Carrie Quinn Dolan, who played First Lady Laura Bush in the Comedy Channel's That's My Bush, grew up in Pea Ridge (Barboursville).

Dr. Creflo A. Dollar, a TV minister, played football at Concord College.

Jonathan Prentiss Dolliver (1858-1910), a U. S. Senator, was born near Kingwood (then in Virginia).

Paul Dooley (1928- ), actor and writer, has appeared in A Wedding (1978) and Grace Under Fire and many other movies and television shows. He is from Parkersburg and graduated from Parkersburg High School and West Virginia University. His real name is Paul Brown.

Shane Douglas (1964- ) was the Extreme Championship Wrestling heavyweight champion on four different occasions. His first two title runs were in 1993 and 1994, before he joined the World Wrestling Federation. After returning to ECW, he won the title twice in 1997. He was the WWF intercontinental champion as Dean Douglas. He now wrestles for World Championship Wrestling. He attended Bethany College, although he is from Pittsburgh. His real name is Troy Martin.

Bertis Downs (1956- ), the manager of the group R. E. M., was born in Montgomery and lived in Smithers until he was five, when his family moved out of the state. His connection to West Virginia led the group to perform on Mountain Stage in 1991.

Jon Dragan helped start southern West Virginia's booming whitewater rafting industry. In 1968 he and his younger brothers started Wildwater Expeditions Unlimited, the state's first commercial whitewater rafting business. A native of Pennsylvania, he died in 2005 at age 62.

Whitney Drolen, a contributing reporter to E! Entertainment Television and the Fox Movie Channel, began her television career at WVVA in Bluefield.

Joseph D. Duffey was appointed director of the U. S. Information Agency by President Clinton in 1993. He previously was President of the American University in Washington. Duffey is a native of West Virginia and a graduate of Marshall University.

Jim Dukas, actor from Parkersburg, spent his career in New York, mostly on Broadway. He also appeared in Woody Allen's first stage production Don't Drink the Water. His movie credits include The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery, The Detective, and Ironweed.

Donald F. Duncan founded the company which has been the leading yo-yo company since 1929. Duncan introduced the looped slip-string, which allows the yo-yo to sleep - a necessity for advanced tricks. In 1932 Duncan filed for and was assigned a trademark for the word yo-yo. He held the trademark until 1965 when a court ruled the word had become a permanent part of the language. During the 1950s, Duncan introduced the first plastic yo-yos and the Butterfly shaped yo-yo. In 1936 Duncan founded Duncan Industries to manufacture parking meters; the company soon became the industry leader. Internet web pages claim that Duncan was the inventor of the Eskimo Pie ice cream and the founder of the Good Humor Ice Cream franchise. Duncan was born in 1891 and grew up in Huntington, according to West Virginia by Nancy Hoffman.

Daniel Duskey led the raid against the federal arsenal and post office at Ripley and against the oil depots at Burning Springs during the Civil War. Captured and tried by a federal tribunal, he avoided execution by being pardoned by President Lincoln. He escaped from jail and returned to the war. He was killed when federal troops poisoned the water he and his men had been using. He was born in Pennsylvania in what is now Allegheny County.

Brig. Gen. Isaac H. Duval was a Civil War general from Brooke County.

Walter Easley served as the backup fullback on San Francisco's first Super Bowl championship team in 1981. He had played football and basketball for Stonewall Jackson High School in Charleston and football for WVU. In May 2000, a newspaper article reported that Easley, then 42, was on medical leave from his job with Amtrak in Washington, where he had worked for 12 years, and that he had recently returned to Charleston and was hoping to find a kidney donor.

Brig. Gen. John Echols was a Civil War general from Monroe County. He led the Confederate forces at Droop Mountain.

Dr. Bernice Eddy (1903-1989). Born into a family of physicians in Glendale, West Virginia, Bernice Eddy Wooley graduated from Marietta College in 1924 with a degree in bacteriology. She studied immunology on a fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, receiving her Ph.D. in 1927, and was awarded a teaching fellowship in bacteriology in 1929. In 1937, Dr. Eddy joined the National Institutes of Health where she became nationally prominent in virus research and made several significant discoveries. She played a key role in testing the inactivated poliovirus vaccine for safety, and along with a collaborator discovered the polyoma virus. One of the early known cancer-causing viruses, it was later named the SE (Stewart-Eddy) Polyoma Virus in their honor. It was the work of Dr. Eddy and others that led to safe polio vaccines through thorough testing, and provided a major impetus for further research on cancer viruses. While her work was sometimes controversial, she maintained the courage to stand by her discoveries. Dr. Eddy received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Marietta College in 1955, and the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare awarded her a Superior Service Medal in 1967.

Doug Edgell, guitarist for the band Sleeping Giants, is from Wheeling. The band, which is from West Liberty College, has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Howard Rodney "Doc" Edwards (1936- ), former A's player and manager of the Cleveland Indians, was born in Red Jacket.

Stephen Benton Elkins (1841-1911), founder of Elkins, was Secretary of War from 1891 to 1893 under President Benjamin Harrison and was a U. S. Senator from 1895-1911. He was born in Perry County, Ohio.

John Ellison wrote the classic song Some Kind of Wonderful while a member of the Soul Brothers Six in 1967. He was born in Montgomery in a two room house which his father built from wood scraps found along the Kanawha River. In 1949 the family moved to Lake Superior in McDowell County, where his father worked as a coal miner and his mother was a house maid. John Ellison sold scrap coal to help his father, and later worked the all-night shift as a bell hop in a Welch hotel.

Lynndie England, an army reservist, was the most visible character in the controversy over the abuse of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison after she appeared in photographs that became public in 2004. She grew up in Fort Ashby, W. Va.

Dr. Thomas Dunn English (1819-1902) was at various times a writer, physician, lawyer, and journalist. According to his Congressional biography, he wrote his most famous ballad, "Ben Bolt," in 1843, and moved to (West) Virginia in 1852. According to the 1956 West Virginia Blue Book, English served as Mayor of Aracoma from 1852 to 1857. [The Blue Book claims he wrote Ben Bolt while living in (West) Virginia.] He moved to New York City in 1857. He also wrote over 50 plays, including The Mormons (1858). In 1863-64 he was a member of the New Jersey legislature and served in Congress from New Jersey from 1891 to 1895. English was born in Philadelphia. [The town of Aracoma was renamed Logan in 1907.]

Tom Eplin plays the role of Jake McKinnon on As the World Turns. He was born in Hayward, CA, but has said that he grew up in Charleston.

Ed Etzel, who won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics, was a rifle coach at West Virginia University.

Bob Evans, the founder of Bob Evans Farms, one of the region's most popular restaurant chains, grew up on the Ohio-West Virginia border. Though raised on the western side of the Ohio River, he graduated from the Greenbrier Military School in West Virginia. Armed with marketing talent and vision, he went from peddler of sausage to breakfast food connoisseur. His father taught school in Bud, West Virginia (Wyoming County). Bob Evans today is not active in the restaurant business, but spends his time researching new grasses for raising livestock.

Evans Evans (1936- ) is a TV and movie actress. She played Velma Davis in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Mary Lou in the Twilight Zone episode "A Hundred Yards Over the Rim." She was born in Bluefield.

Martha Evans became a professional basketball player in 1952, at age 17, joining an Arkansas women's team which played against men's teams. She toured with the team for three years, visiting 42 states and Mexico. She is a graduate of Sistersville High School.

Polly Evans led the defense of Fort Evans in 1756 when it was attacked by Native American Indians.

Brig. Gen. Frank Kendall "Pete" Everest, Jr. was a pioneer in U.S. rocket aircraft flying. He checked out 122 different models and makes of aircraft and logged over 10,000 hours in more than 170 aircraft types. Everest piloted the X-2 on eight of its powered flights. He reached Mach 2.87 in the X-2 in 1956, set the Bell X-1 altitude record of 73,000 ft. and, in 1953, the world absolute speed record of the F-100A at 755.15 mph. In 1956, he flew at Mach 3, breaking Chuck Yeager's record and earning the title of his autobiography, The Fastest Man Alive. He served as Director of Aerospace Safety for USAF, Director of Operations for Test and Evaluation in the Department of Defense, and Commander of Aerospace Rescue and Recovery for the USAF. A Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, he has been honored by U.S. Chamber of Commerce "Greatest Living Americans" Award (1956) and more than twenty military awards. He is included on the Aerospace Walk of Honor. Everest was born in Fairmont and attended Fairmont State College and WVU.

Thomas Ewing (1789-1871) was appointed Secretary of the Treasury by William Henry Harrison in 1841 and was the first Secretary of the Interior (from 1849 to 1850). He was also a U. S. Senator from Ohio. Gen. William T. Sherman was his son-in-law. He was born near West Liberty (then in Virginia).

Adm. Frank George Fahrion (1894-1970) held several command positions during World War II and subsequently served as Inspector General of the Pacific Fleet, Commander of destroyers in the Pacific and Atlantic fleets, and Commander of the amphibious force in the Atlantic fleet. The guided missile frigate USS Fahrion was named for him. He was born in Pickens, West Virginia.

Stanley Robert "Stan" Fansler (1965- ) pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986. He was born in Elkins.

Harold S. "Jabo" Fawcett (1917-1999) was a Navy photographer whose photos of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor were widely published in U. S. newspapers and in the Dec. 14, 1942, issue of Life magazine. Fawcett later became a decorated pilot, serving in Bikini in the South Pacific, where he photographed two atom bomb test explosions in 1946. He was a resident of Bridgeport at the time of his death. He was born in Taylor county and graduated from Grafton High School in 1935.

Foge Fazio (1939- ) joined the Washington Redskins as linebackers coach in 2000. He was previously defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings and had been on the coaching staffs of the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons. He was also the head football coach at Pitt. His father, Francesco, was an Italian immigrant who worked in coal mines in West Virginia before moving to Pennsylvania. Foge Fazio was born in Dawmont, W. Va., a mining camp between Shinnston and Clarksburg.

Lt. Robert Femoyer (1921-1944) was killed in action during World War II while serving as navigator of a bomber on a mission near Merseburg, Germany. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in May 1945, one of only two navigators to earn the nation's highest decoration for valor. The citation reads in part: "Severely wounded when his plane was hit by three enemy antiaircraft shells despite extreme pain and great loss of blood, Lieutenant Femoyer refused an offered injection of morphine. He was determined to keep his mental faculties clear in order that he might direct his seriously damaged airplane out of danger and so save his comrades. Unable to rise from the floor, he asked to be propped up in order to see his charts and instruments. He successfully directed the navigation of his lone bomber for two-and-a-half hours so well that it avoided enemy flak and returned to the field without further damage. Only when the airplane had arrived in the safe area over the English Channel did he feel that he had accomplished his objective, and then, and only then, he permitted an injection of a sedative. He died shortly after being removed from the airplane." Femoyer was born in Huntington and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1939. A portion of Route 152 in Huntington is named for him.

Conchata Ferrell (1943- ), an actress who has appeared in numerous TV series including The Townies. She was a regular cast member on L. A. Law for one season, and she starred in the movie Heartland. She was born in Charleston and graduated from Charleston High School.

Darrel Fetty, a TV and movie actor, is from Milton.

Richard B. Fielder (1921-1999) was the Kings Royal Pilot of Saudi Arabia for two years, flying the King and the Royal Family. At the time of his death he was a resident of Wallace in Harrison County.

Eugene E. Fife was named chairman of Goldman Sachs International in 1988 and joined the Goldman Sachs Management Committee in 1990. After retirement from Goldman Sachs, Fife founded Vawter Capital, LLC, a private investment firm in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is a native of Hinton and a graduate of Hinton High School, where the Fife Scholarship is awarded each year.

Shawn Finney is the head basketball coach at Tulane. He was formerly an assistant basketball coach for the 1998 NCAA National Champions, the University of Kentucky. He is a native of Mullens and a 1980 graduate of Mullens High School.

Suzanne Fisher (1903- ), opera singer, debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1935. She was educated in the Sutton public schools and is from Flatwoods.

Walter Lowrie Fisher (1862-1935) was appointed by President Taft to the Railroad Securities Commission in 1910. He was later Secretary of the Interior under President Taft from 1911 to 1913. He encouraged Alaskan development, conservation, and national parks development. He was born in Wheeling.

Sgt. Robert L. Fitzpatrick (1921- ) toured the USO circuit from Salt Lake City to Chicago as a national celebrity after World War II with Groucho Marx, Gene Tierney, Rita Hayworth, and Orson Welles. During the war, Fitzpatrick had won every medal available except the Medal of Honor and held the title of the second-most decorated enlisted man, after film star Audie Murphy, who beat him by a single medal. Fitzpatrick was born and raised in St. Marys and now lives in Parkersburg. St. Marys honored him as a hero by holding a Bob Fitzpatrick Day after he returned home in March 1943.

Terrence Flack (1965- ), an actor currently living in Los Angeles, can be seen on reruns of Lifetime's Strong Medicine, on which he played Dr. Terence during the first two seasons. He recently filmed an episode of UPN's Everybody Hates Chris and appears in numerous commercials. In 2006 he was producing a short film Blue Highway. Terrence was born in Bluefield and graduated from Bluefield High School in 1983. He attended Marshall University and Bluefield State College.

Jack Fleming, formerly the voice of the West Virginia University Mountaineers, is famous for his dramatic call of the "Immaculate Reception," Franco Harris' miraculous TD catch in a 1972 Steelers-Raiders playoff game, which has been described by NFL Films as the most replayed in pro football history. Fleming got his start as play-by-play man for Mountaineer football and basketball from 1947 to 1959. After station WAJR regained the WVU broadcast rights in 1962 Fleming served again until 1969. He was the Bulls' announcer in the early 1970s. He returned to WVU for good in 1974 after working in Chicago and in Pittsburgh as the sports anchor at WTAE-TV. Fleming also was the radio play-by-play announcer for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 28 years - at the time, the longest such tenure in the NFL. Fleming was born in Morgantown and graduated from Morgantown High School with Don Knotts. Fleming died on Jan. 3, 2001, at age 77.

Col. Johnson C. Fleming experimented with gliding in the 1860s by hitching a horse to bat-like wings of silk and cane that were strapped to his body. The horse pulled him into the air from the hilltop opposite Flemington College in Taylor County.

Robbie Flint, who plays steel guitar with the Alan Jackson Band, is from Sylvester, West Virginia.

Gen. Robert Fogelsong is vice chief of staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. As vice chief, he presides over the Air Staff and serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Requirements Oversight Council. General Fogelsong was born and raised in Williamson and is a graduate of Williamson High School and WVU. November 23, 2001, was declared Gen. Robert H. Fogelsong Day in Williamson, where he was presented with the key to the city and the bridge on U.S. 119 connecting South Williamson, Ky., to Williamson was dedicated and named after him.

Garrett Ford played football for the Denver Broncos. He is now an assistant athletic director at WVU, where as a player he set many rushing records.

Bud Forte, host of the TNN show American Legends, was born and raised in Fairmont. He attended high school and college there and spent most of his early career on local radio.

Mike Fox (1967- ), of the Carolina Panthers, formerly of the New York Giants, played college football at WVU. He was born in Akron, Ohio.

Virginia Fox (1902-1982) was an actress who appeared in a number of silent films from 1915 to 1923. She was married to Darryl F. Zanuck. She was born in Wheeling.

Earl Francis (1935-2002), a pitcher for the Pirates and Cards from 1960 to 1965, was born in Slab Fork.

Kitty Frazier of Cross Lanes won three national archery championships in the 1980's.

Gene Freese (1934- ) played baseball for several major league teams in the 1950s and 1960s. He was born in Wheeling.

Jim Fridley (1924- ) played baseball for Cleveland, Baltimore, and Cincinnati in the 1950s. He was nicknamed "Big Jim." He had a career .248 batting average. He was born in Philippi and is currently living in Florida.

Brig. Gen. Birkett D. Fry was a Civil War general from Kanawha County. Wounded four times, he was captured at Gettysburg.

Danny Fulks, a writer of Appalacahian nonfiction, has been published in The MacGuffin, Goldenseal, Timeline, Now and Then, Hearthstone, and Backwoods Home Magazine. Fulks's major contribution to letters has been to show that Appalachian Ohio is southern and set apart from the rest of Ohio by its culture. His stories on moonshine were researched from oral history documents at Marshall University and interviews with former bootleggers from Mingo County and Huntington. Tragedy On Greasy Ridge, 21 true stories from Appalachian Ohio, is for sale at Tamarack and other major bookstores as well as Amazon.com. Fulks was born in Ohio but has lived in Huntington since 1970. He taught in the College of Education at Marshall University for thirty years.

Mary Rodd Furbee (1954-2004) was a writer, editor, author, and television producer. She wrote several children's books, mostly biographies of women in American history, including Outrageous Women of Colonial America, Outrageous Women of the American Frontier, Outrageous Women of Civil War Times, Women of the American Revolution, Wild Rose: Nancy Ward and the Cherokee Nation, Anne Bailey: Frontier Scout, and Shawnee Captive: The Story of Mary Draper Ingles. She has also wrote articles and columns which appeared in the Washington Post, Stars & Stripes, the Progressive, and other newspapers and magazines. She teaches journalistic writing and beat reporting, half-time, at the WVU School of Journalism. She grew up in Pennsylvania, but lived in Morgantown late in her life.

Rose Gacioch was a pitcher in the All-American Girls Baseball League from 1944-1954. She played for the South Bend Blue Sox (1944) and the Rockford Peaches (1945-1954). Gacioch worked in a corrugating plant in Wheeling until the plant manager persuaded a scout to come to Wheeling to see her play. She was born in Wheeling in 1915.

Dellos Clinton "Del" Gainer (1886-1947) made the hit that won the 1916 World Series in the longest game in history. He played for Boston in 1915 and St. Louis in 1922. He was born in Montrose, W. Va., and died in Elkins.

Merrill Gainer was the high school football coach at Bluefield from 1959 to 1967 when the Beavers were 87-6-1 and won four state titles. He also coached at three other schools, Poca, Elkview and Big Creek. His 22-season record at the four schools was 181-32-7.

Ellen Galinsky is the president and co-founder of the Families and Work Institute, a Manhattan-based nonprofit organization conducting research on the changing family, workplace, and community. She is also the author of over twenty books and reports, including Ask the Children, a book based on her survey of more than one thousand children that measured how they felt about their family relationships and their parents' work lives. She is a graduate of Charleston High School.

John Gallaher first published the Ladies Garland newspaper in Harpers Ferry in 1824. It was the first newspaper addressed to women.

Jennifer Garner (1972- ) stars in the ABC series Alias. She has appeared in the films Pearl Harbor, Mr. Magoo, Deconstructing Harry, 1999, and Washington Square. Her television credits include series regular roles in the Jennifer Love Hewitt drama, Time of Your Life, and Significant Others, as well as a recurring role on Felicity. She has guest starred on Spin City and Law & Order and has been featured in the television films Rose Hill, Dead Man's Walk, Zoya and Harvest Fire. She was born in Houston but grew up in the Charleston area and graduated from George Washington High School in 1990. She visited Charleston for Christmas in 2003, at which time she was interviewed by WCHS-TV. "I spend all year waiting to come home," she said. "I can't wait to go to (a Charleston bookstore) and have my first latte. ... I was raised by the community. I still feel very loved. It's so comforting to be home. I feel like I could come home and sit in a hundred different laps and be taken care of."

Memphis Tennessee Garrison (1890-1988), a McDowell County school teacher and NAACP official, is the subject of Memphis Tennessee Garrison: The Remarkable Story of a Black Appalachian Woman, edited by Ancella Bickley and Lynda Ann Ewen. She was born in in Hollins, Virginia, but grew up in the coal fields of McDowell County and considered Gary her home.

Patrick Gass (1771-1870), the last surviving member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, lived the latter part of his life in West Virginia.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. (1950- ) is chairman of Afro-American studies and an English professor at Harvard University and was listed among the 25 most influential Americans by Time magazine in 1997. He is co-editor of the Africana Encyclopedia. Before joining Harvard in 1991, he taught English and literature at Duke from 1990 to 1991 and taught on the faculty at Yale (1976-1984) and Cornell (1985-1990). Gates is a prolific essay writer on many diverse issues, from the First Amendment, anti-Semitism, ethnic identity and rap music to what he considers to be a crisis in black leadership. Among his books is his 1994 memoir Colored People, which describes what it was like to be black in the U. S. between 1950 and 1970. Gates was born in Keyser and grew up in Piedmont, W. Va., where his father was a paper loader in the day and a janitor at night. After graduating first in his high school class in 1968, Gates enrolled at Potomac State College in Keyser. He transferred to Yale in 1969, graduating summa cum laude in history in June 1973. From there he went on to earn master's and doctoral degrees in English from Clare College at Cambridge University.

Horatio Gates (1727 or 1728 -1806), American general in the Revolutionary War whose victory over the British at the Battle of Saratoga turned the tide of victory in behalf of the Revolutionaries. He was born in England and died in New York City, but in 1772 he immigrated to Berkeley County, Virginia, an area which is now in Jefferson County, West Virginia.

James Madison Gates founded Gates Paint Company, once the largest paint manufacturer and distributor in the middle Atlantic states. The Gates Paint Company, on the corner of Summers and Virginia Streets in Charleston, boasted the first "skyscraper" in West Virginia (three stories) and the first elevator in West Virginia.

Frank Gatski (1921-2005), pro football Hall of Famer who anchored the powerful offensive line for the Cleveland Browns in the 1940s and 1950s. He also played with the Detroit Lions. He was All-NFL four years, and played in the 1957 Pro Bowl. Known for his durability, he never missed practice or a game during his entire career--high school, college, or pro. He was born in Farmington and played center for Farmington High School. He worked for a year in the mines. In 2000 at its homecoming football game, the student body of Grafton High School named Gunner an Honorary Alumnus of the school. He attended the football game wearing his NFL Hall of Fame Blazer. He had been living in Grafton at the time of his death. [Sources vary on his year of birth.]

Michael Genevie (1959- ), a movie and TV actor, was born in Weston.

Rev. David Gerrard helped found and lay out Gerrardstown in 1787. The town is located in Berkeley county. He enlarged the town by platting 100 lots of his own property to be sold to new settlers. It was the site of the first Baptist church west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Denise Giardina (1951- ) is the author of Good King Harry (1984), Storming Heaven (1987), The Unquiet Earth (1992), and Saints and Villains (1998). She has won numerous prestigious awards for her writing and was awarded the 1999 Fisk Fiction Prize by Boston Book Review. She has been involved in legislation and promotion against the practice of mountain top removal mining and plans to run for Governor of West Virginia in 2000. Giardina is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan. She was born in Bluefield and grew up in a coal camp.

Dr. James Pitzer Gills, an ophthalmologist with a practice in Tarpon Springs, Florida, has performed more cataract and intraocular lens implant surgeries than anyone else in the world. He also has completed six Double Iron Triathlons, eighteen Boston Marathons, and mountain terrain endurance events covering more than 100 miles. He was born in Bluefield, where he lived three houses apart from John Forbes Nash, the subject of the movie A Beautiful Mind. Nash's father worked for Gills' father at Appalachian Power Co.

John Wesley (Pebbly Jack) Glasscock (1859-1947) played for the National League Cleveland Blues from 1879 into the 1884 season, when he joined the Cincinnati Outlaw Reds of the Union Association. He later played for the St. Louis Maroons, the Indianapolis Hoosiers, the New York Giants, the St. Louis Browns, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Louisville Colonels, and the Washington Senators. He was born in Wheeling.

Hugh Glenn (1788-1833) trader and merchant, born in Berkeley County (then in Virginia). He was a purveyor of supplies to frontier posts in the Ohio Valley and led a hunting and trading expedition from the mouth of the Verdigris River to Santa Fe in 1821.

Danny Ray Godby (1974- ), an outfielder for the Cards in 1974, was born in Logan.

Joe Goddard (1950- ) played in 12 games for the San Diego Padres as a catcher in 1972. He was born in Beckley and attended Marshall University.

Nathan Goff Jr. (1843-1920) was appointed Secretary of the Navy in 1881 in the Hayes administration. In 1888, Goff appeared to have been elected Governor of West Virginia by 130 votes, but the election was contested and the legislature selected his opponent as the winner in 1890. He was born in Clarksburg.

Marshall "Biggie" Goldberg held all of the Pitt rushing records before Tony Dorsett. He went on to play for the Chicago Bears and led the NFL in rushing several years. He was a graduate of Elkins High School.

Linda Goodman (1925-1995) was a famous astrologer whose 1968 book Sun Signs sold more than 5 million copies. She also wrote Love Signs and Star Signs. Celebrities such as Steve McQueen, Princess Grace, and Sonny and Cher sought her advice. She was born Mary Alice Kemery in Parkersburg. Earlier in her career she had worked as a newspaper writer in Parkersburg and also worked for WCOM radio station there.

Howard Mason Gore (1877-1947) was appointed Secretary of Agriculture in 1924 in the Coolidge administration. He served as Governor of West Virginia from 1925 to 1929 and West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture from 1931 to 1933. He was born in Harrison county.

Rocco Gorman was selected as the greatest high school coach in West Virginia this century by the Charleston Daily Mail in 1999. The newspaper wrote: "On and off the field, he was a towering figure in state high school sports. As Charleston High's football coach from 1913 to 1917 and 1919 to 1929, his record was 118-31-4. His 1920 team outscored its opponents 379-0 and some historians still maintain it was the best team in the school's long and glorious history. Gorman's Mountain Lion basketball teams won state championships in 1915, 1919 and 1924. He is known as the "father of track" in West Virginia and organized the first state meet in 1914. Gorman founded the West Virginia Athletic Association, which was the precursor to the Secondary School Activities Commission, and the West Virginia Coaches Association. Also, Gorman played major roles in the development of Laidley Field, Watt Powell Park and Coonskin Park."

David Grant, who played football for the Cincinnati Bengals, formerly played football at WVU.

Benjamin Franklin Gravely, inventor of the Gravely garden tractor, originally built the tractors in an old factory he purchased in Dunbar around 1920. Gravely secured 65 patents in his lifetime. Some were obtained in the field of photography, but most of his patents were in the farm implement field. Gravely was born near Martinsville, Virginia, on November 29, 1876. He moved to Huntington sometime around 1900 to work for a photography firm. In 1903 he settled in Charleston, where he opened his own photography studio.

Tracy Gravely (1972- ) plays professional football for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League. He was a member of the 1990 New York Giants, which won Super Bowl XXV. He was born in Welch and is a graduate of Mount View High School in Welch and Concord College in Athens.

Tammie Green, a former Marshall golf standout, was on the American teams which won the Solheim Cup in 1994 and 1998. The Solheim Cup is held every two years and involves 24 golfers, the U. S. and European teams consisting of 12 players each.

Hal Greer (1936-) played for the Philadelphia 76ers from 1963 to 1973 and was named the MVP in 1968. He is the 76ers' all-time leader in points with 21,586. He was born in Huntington and attended Douglass High School and Marshall University. Hal Greer Boulevard in Huntington is named for him.

William Gregg (1800-1867) is often considered the father of cotton manufacturing in the South. He started as a watchmaker in South Carolina but quit in his mid-30s and began writing on the need to industrialize the south. In 1846 he erected a cotton mill near Aiken, S.C., drawing workers from among the unpropertied whites in the area. His example was followed widely in the South. His factory ran successfully for 20 years, operating throughout the Civil War. He was born near Carmichaels in Monongolia County (then in Virginia).

Gary Gregor was the first pick of the Phoenix Suns in the 1968 NBA Draft. He later played for Atlanta. Gregor played basketball for South Charleston High School in the 1960s.

Fred Griffith has hosted two popular TV shows on WEWS in Cleveland, Morning Exchange and Afternoon Exchange. He and his wife are gourmet chefs, and have written several cookbooks. He is from Flatwoods.

Wendy Griffith is the Congressional correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, whose news program "The 700 Club" airs on the Fox Family Channel. Before joining CBN, she was the press secretary for Gov. Cecil Underwood; before that, she was a news anchor for WCHS-TV in Charleston. She is a native of Williamson.

Larry Groce (1948- ) singer and songwriter, recorded the novelty tune Junk Food Junkie (1976). He moved to West Virginia in 1972. In the late 1980s, he hosted Mountain Stage, a weekly program on American Public Radio which is recorded by West Virginia Public Radio in Charleston. He was born in Dallas, Texas.

Lefty Grove played baseball briefly for Martinsburg in the Blue Ridge League. He later became a Hall of Fame pitcher for the Philadelphia A's and Boston Red Sox.

Davis Grubb (1919-1980) wrote Night of the Hunter, which became a classic movie starring Robert Mitchum. It was set in the Moundsville area, where Grubb was born. He also wrote the novel Fool's Parade, which was made into a movie starring Jimmy Stewart.

Bucky Guth, an infielder with the Minnesota Twins in the 1972 season, graduated from WVU. He had 3 at-bats.

Fred Haddad is a Charleston businessman who founded Heck's Discount Stores, which was a regional regional chain of discount retail stores similar in format to Wal-Mart. He was born in Danville, West Virginia.

James Edward "Ed" Haley (1883-1951) was a blind professional fiddler. He traveled to fiddle contests in small towns in West Virginia and Kentucky, often accompanied by his wife Martha, who was also blind and played mandolin. Recordings made by his son on a home disc-cutting machine have been issued on CDs by Rounder Records. Haley was born on Hart's Creek in Logan County.

Tom T. Hall (1936- ), the songwriter and country singer, was living in Ronceverte and working at WRON in the early 1960s when he wrote Harper Valley P. T. A. He also worked in radio in Spencer. He moved to Nashville in 1964. Hall was born in Olive Hill, Ky. Among the hits he recorded himself are (Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine, I Love, The Year That Clayton Delaney Died, A Week in a Country Jail, I Care/Sneaky Snake, Faster Horses, and Homecoming.

Floyd "Scottie" Hamilton coached basketball at Washington and Lee University and Ohio University. He earlier was an All-American basketball player at WVU. He was raised by his grandmother in Grafton and played for Grafton High School. He was the coach at Welch from 1948-50.

Eli "Rimfire" Hamrick (1868-1945) was an frontiersman whose family helped settle central West Virginia. Records indicate that he and his brother posed for the statue of The Mountaineer on the capitol grounds in Charleston. John W. Davis, the 1924 Democratic presidential candidate, said the 6'3" Hamrick had a face as sad as Lincoln's. He campaigned unsuccessfully for the state senate in 1932 with the slogan, "You put him at the capitol in bronze, now put him there in person." He was born in Webster county and lived there and in Randolph county.

Mike Hamrick, the athletic director at East Carolina University, graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in Falling Rock.

Col. John F. Hamtramck, of Shepherdstown, commanded the Virginia regiment in the War With Mexico in 1846-1848 and was military governor of Saltillo, Mexico, in 1848.

Alberta Pierson Hannum was a well-known writer of Appalachian culture in the 40s and 50s. One of her works, Roseanna McCoy, was made into a movie. She lived in Wheeling, where her husband was President of Fostoria Glass.

Will Hare (1916-1997) was an actor from the 1950's into the 1990's. He played Pa Peabody in Back To The Future and Gus Atwater in The Electric Horseman. He has been the face of the best-selling computer program "Chessmaster" since 1986. He was born in Elkins.

Ray Harm is the co-founder of the modern limited edition print industry in the U. S. and has been a nationally known wildlife artist over 30 years. In November 1999, he was named one of the 30 most influential artists in the past 100 years by Decor magazine. He was born in West Virginia.

Minnie Buckingham Harper became the first black woman state legislator in the U. S. when she was appointed to the West Virginia House of Delegates on January 10, 1928, by Governor Howard Gore to fill a vacancy caused by the death of her husband. She was from Welch. She was born in 1886 in Winfield and resided in Keystone much of her life.

Robert Harper was a Philadelphia architect who settled in "The Hole" at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers in 1734. He ran a ferry service across the Potomac from what was then called Shenandoah Falls. In time, the town at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers became known as Harpers Ferry. Over the next 30 years, he also built a grist mill on the Shenandoah River and the huge stone house that bears his name.

Colbert Dale "Toby" Harrah (1948- ), an infielder for the Senators, Rangers, and the Yankees from 1969 to 1986, was born in Sissonville.

Dennis W. Harrah played for the Los Angeles Rams and was a nominee for the Hall of Fame in 1992. He was an All American at the University of Miami. He graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in Charleston.

James R. "Jim" Harrick is the basketball coach at the University of Georgia. He formerly coached at the University of Rhode Island and at UCLA, coaching the Bruins to a national title in 1995, 19 months before he was fired on Nov. 6, 1996, for recruiting violations. He was born in Charleston and graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1956. His wife, the former Sallie Marple, is also from Charleston.

Jack Harris is a popular radio and TV personality in Tampa, Florida. He began his broadcasting career at WVOW radio in Logan after graduating from Logan High School. He later moved on to WAJR in Morgantown. In 1970 he relocated to the Tampa Bay area. He was part of the original broadcast team for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Larry Wayne Harris, a microbiologist and former member of the Aryan Nations, pleaded guilty to fraud charges after he was accused of obtaining bubonic plague bacteria through the mail in 1995. In 1998, he and another man were charged in Las Vegas with possession of a toxin believed to be anthrax. Harris lived in Lancaster, Ohio, but is a native of West Virginia.

Major Harris (1968- ), played football at WVU, where he led the Mountaineers to the 1989 national championship game against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. He is from Pennsylvania.

Maj. Gen. Thomas M. Harris was a Civil War general from Ritchie County.

Nancy Hart (1846?-1913) was a noted Confederate scout, guide, and spy. Hart ran away from home at the age of 14 to join a band of rebel raiders known as the Moccasin Rangers. In 1862 she was captured by Union forces but escaped from jail in Summersville. After the war Nancy Hart Douglas and her husband Josh lived at Spring Creek in Greenbrier County. She also had lived in Roane, Calhoun, and Nicholas counties, but was born in Raleigh, N. C. She grew up on Greenbrier Road near Richwood. She is buried at Manning Knob near the Nicholas-Greenbrier county border.

Clarence Hartzell, a Huntington native who co-starred in two of radio's greatest and most famous shows. Beginning in 1940 he played the role of Uncle Fletcher in Vic and Sade and later he played Cousin Jediah in One Man's Family. He also appeared in the comedy series Lum and Abner, starred in the wartime adventure show The Road to Danger, and was a featured player in Those Websters, a sitcom from the post-war years.

Roy Cecil Harvey (1892-1958) was a pioneer in country music. He was the guitarist for Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers, one of the most popular string bands of the 1920s, as well as a singer and songwriter. Harvey wrote and recorded "The Virginian Strike of '23" and recorded "Where the Roses Bloom for the Bootlegger," one of Columbia's top-selling records in 1928. He was born in Monroe County.  He lived in Raleigh County until 1942, when he moved to Florida to take a job as an an engineer for the Florida East Coast Railway.

Steve Harvey, an actor and comedian, was born in Welch, although he grew up in East Cleveland. His birthdate is given as Nov. 23, 1956, and Jan. 17, 1957.

William Hope "Coin" Harvey (1851-1936) was the Presidential nominee of the Liberty Party in 1932, receiving 800 votes. He wrote Coin's Financial School (1894), the bible of the freesilver movement in the late nineteenth century. He was also the campaign manager for William Jennings Bryan during Bryan's campaign on the the free silver platform. To preserve his writing for future generations "Coin" erected a granite pyramid on his property in Arkansas and placed his work in it. He was born at Buffalo, West Virginia (then in Virginia), attended Marshall, and was a lawyer in Huntington prior to moving to Illinois, then Colorado, and finally Arkansas.

Capt. Andrew Hatfield participated in the famous Battle of Point Pleasant, the first real battle of the American Revolution, in 1774. He had earlier settled on Big Stoney Creek, in what is now West Virginia, where he constructed a fort as protection against Indians.

Carl Hatfield (1947- ) was WVU's first ever cross country All-American. He founded the W. Va. Track Club and led the WVTC to the Boston Marathon team championship in 1974, and the AAU national marathon championship in 1978. A direct descendant of the famous Hatfields and McCoys, he ironically won the Ray McCoy award as the state's best amateur track athlete in 1978. He is one of only a handful of distance runners who have qualified for four U. S. Olympic trials. He was born in Matewan and attended Matewan High School.

Sid Hatfield, the Chief of Police of Matewan, became a folk hero to coal miners and a national celebrity in 1920 when he attempted to arrest detectives who had been hired by coal operators to evict families of fired union miners. A confrontation led to a shootout in which ten people died, including the mayor of Matewan. Hatfield was shot and killed in 1921 in revenge.

Kathleen M. Hawk was appointed Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons on December 4, 1992. She is a native of West Virginia and attended Wheeling Jesuit College and WVU.

Alex Hawkins was a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons. He played earlier for the Baltimore Colts. He grew up in South Charleston.

Allison Hayes (1930-1977) is best known as the scantily-clad star of the original 1957 version of The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. She appeared in other movies and played Chloe on the TV adventure show Acapulco (1961). She was born Mary Jane Hayes in Charleston, but spent much of her youth in Washington, D. C. She represented the nation's capital in the 1949 Miss America contest.

Sue Haywood (1971 - ) is a two-time national pro mountain bike champion who was named to seven U. S. national mountain bike teams. She won the Pan American Championship gold medal in 2002 and 2004. She has been ranked as high as No. 3 in the world for women pro mountain bikers. Haywood was nominated to the 2004 U. S. Olympic team for Athens only to have an arbitrator rule another racer was entitled because of a USA Cycling clerical error. She grew up in Delaware but attended WVU and has lived in Davis, W. Va., since 1993.

Danny Heater, a native of Burnsville, scored 135 points in a high school basketball game on January 26, 1960. He made 53 field goals and 29 free throws. His team, Burnsville High School, defeated Widen High School, 173 to 43. Heater later became a file clerk for the FBI and a passenger agent for Pan Am in Washington, D. C. The Guinness Book of World Records shows Heater's feat as the record for boys' high school basketball. [In 1924, 156 points were scored by a player in a girl's high school game. That game was six-person basketball. According to basketball statisticians the modern era of the game began with the 1938-1939 season, which was the first without the jump after each goal scored.]

Ken Hechler (1914- ) is the author of The Bridge at Remagen, which was made into a movie. He was a member of Congress from 1959 to 1976. In 1951 President Truman asked Hechler, who was then one of his advisers, to prepare a memorandum on President Lincoln's relationship with Gen. George McClellan. Truman used his memorandum the next day when he announced the firing of MacArthur.

Josiah Hedges provided land for the town of Hedgesville in Berkeley county in 1830. As a political entity, Hedgesville is older than the State of West Virginia, being incorporated under the laws of Virginia in 1854.

Alan Henderson (1972- ), a power forward for the Atlanta Hawks, was born in Morgantown. He played collegiate basketball under Bobby Knight at the University of Indiana.

Cam Henderson, a long-time basketball coach at Marshall University, is credited with the invention of the fast break and zone press. He led the team to the 1947 NAIB title and won more games than any other coach in Marshall history.

John S. Hendricks (1952- ), who founded the Discovery Channel in 1982 and acquired the Learning Channel in 1991, is originally from Matewan.

Ken Herock, who played tight end for the Oakland Raiders, formerly played football for WVU.

Don Herron, who plays fiddle, steel, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and dobro for the country group BR5-49, now lives in Moundsville.

Major Gen. John L. Hines (1868-1968) succeeded Gen. Pershing as Chief of Staff of the Army from 1924 to 1926. Hines graduated from West Point in 1891. He received the Silver Star in the Spanish-American War, having fought in the Philippines in 1901. He served as adjutant to Gen. John Pershing in the pursuit of Pancho Villa in Mexico in 1916. He was promoted more rapidly than any other soldier who served in World War I, going to France as a major and returning as a major general. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Distinguished Service Medal in World War I. Hines ended his military career in 1932 as commanding general of the Department of the Philippines in Manila. Hines is one of four military leaders who were honored by appearing on a Distinguished Soldiers series of U. S. postage stamps issued on May 3, 2000. He was born in White Sulphur Springs. In an Associated Press article on April 24, 2000, Hines' grandson, Maj. Gen. John R. D. Cleland of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., said, "He was the son of Irish immigrants and grew up in a small town in West Virginia where he had virtually no opportunity for an education. By virtue of his willingness to work, he was able to go to West Point."

B. J. Hoff is a prominent author of historical fiction and devotional works. Her best-selling novels and inspirational collections have captured a worldwide reading audience. Her awards include Christianity Today’s Critic’s Choice Book Award for Fiction, a Gold Medallion Award finalist, and numerous Excellence in Media Silver Angel Awards. B. J. (Simon) Hoff was born in Barbour County and attended schools in Wyoming, Harrison, and Barbour counties. She and her husband currently live in Ohio.

Susan Dew Hoff of West Milford in Harrison County passed the examination given by the State Board of Examiners for licensing as a physician on April 19, 1889. She was the first woman to be licensed by examination. Hoff could not attend medical school, but studied with her physician father and on her own. She practiced medicine for nearly 40 years, making house calls on horseback. A nonprofit clinic named for her was scheduled to open in West Milford in the summer of 2000.

Trevor Hoffman (1967- ), closer for the San Diego Padres who tied the National League record for saves in a season with 53 in 1998, was a shortstop for the Charleston Wheelers in 1990.

William Hoffman (1925- ) is a novelist whose first novel, The Trumpet Unblown, was published in 1955. He also wrote The Dark Mountain (1963). He is from Charleston.

Billie Holiday (1915-1959), arguably the best American female jazz singer of all time, lived in West Virginia from May 27, 1947, until March 16, 1948, but would rather have been somewhere else. She served time in the Federal Reformatory for Women at Alderson on a drug charge. She sang in both Parkersburg and Charleston in June of 1938, when she was with vocalist with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the first black singer to front a white band.

Rush D. Holt (1905-1955) was the youngest person ever elected to the U. S. Senate by popular vote. Elected in 1934 at age 29, he had to wait six months until his thirtieth birthday to take his seat. He was born in Weston. (Sen. Henry Clay was actually younger than Holt but was chosen by the state's legislature, before the Constitutional amendment providing for popular election of Senators.) Holt's son, Rush, was elected to Congress from New Jersey in 1998 and re-elected in 2000.

Lou Holtz (1937- ) is the second-winningest coach in Notre Dame history, behind the legendary Knute Rockne. In 1988 Holtz's Fighting Irish won the National Championship after defeating West Virginia University in the Fiesta Bowl. In 1998 he was named coach at South Carolina. Holtz was born in Follansbee, but grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio.

Budd Hopkins, artist and author who has written several books on the subject of UFO abductions, grew up in Wheeling. His older brother Stewart remained in Wheeling to take over the family's Chrysler-Plymouth dealership, Hopkins Motors. Hopkins' interest in UFOs grew out of a sighting he had in 1964.

Jeff Hostetler (1961- ) played recently for the Washington Redskins but retired after the 1998 season to help care for his son Tyler, who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in an all-terrain vehicle accident. (Tyler subsequently made what was described as a miraculous recovery from his injury. Not only is he walking, but he even played Little League baseball in the summer of 2000.) Hostetler was the starting quarterback for the New York Giants in 1990, when they defeated the Buffalo Bills, 20-19, in Super Bowl XXV. He is the first quarterback to lead WVU to back-to-back bowl appearances (1982 Gator Bowl & 1983 Hall of Fame Bowl). He is the owner of a bagel shop in Morgantown, where he resides in the off-season. His wife, Vicki, is the daughter of Hostetler's college coach, Don Nehlen. Hostetler was born in Hollsopple, Pa.

J. R. House (1979- ), quarterback for Nitro High School from 1995 to 1998, set national high school records for career total offense, career passing yardage, career touchdown passes, career pass attempts, career passes completed, passing yardage in a season, pass attempts in a single season, completions in a single season, and touchdown passes in a season. In his final game for Nitro, he led the Wildcats to a 69-52 win over Morgantown for the Class AAA title. In that game, he tied another national record with ten touchdown passes. As a first baseman and catcher for the Class A Hickory (NC) Crawdads in 2000, he led the South Atlantic League in batting average, home runs, and slugging percentage. He also finished fourth in the league in both RBI and on-base percentage. House was selected the league's co-MVP, and the Pittsburgh Pirates named him their minor-league player of the year. He graduated from high school in the Daytona Beach area, where he attended school in the spring semesters.

Chuck Howley became a first-round draft selection of the Chicago Bears in 1958. While with the Dallas Cowboys, Howley was the MVP of Super Bowl V (Baltimore Colts 16, Dallas 13). This was the first time a defensive player was Super Bowl MVP and the only time that a player from a losing team was Super Bowl MVP. Howley is from Warwood, near Wheeling, and played for WVU.

Dick Huffman joined the Los Angeles Rams as a tackle in 1947. He had been an All-American at the University of Tennessee. Huffman graduated from Charleston High School.

Bob Huggins, head basketball coach at the University of Cincinnati, played college hoops at WVU in the 1970s. He was born in Morgantown but he was raised in Ohio. He still has family in north-central West Virginia. He coached Cincinnati to the 1992 Final Four.

Rodney "Hot Rod" Hundley played for the Los Angeles Lakers but is now a broadcaster for the Utah Jazz. He was a three-year All-American at West Virginia, and the first pick of the 1957 NBA College draft by Cincinnati. His flamboyant playing style earned him the name Hot Rod while at West Virginia. Hundley was born in Charleston, lived on Clendenin Street, and played basketball at Charleston High School.

Tunney Hunsaker (1930-2005) was a professional boxer whose main claim to fame is that he was Cassius Clay's first professional opponent (before Clay became Muhammad Ali). Hunsaker lost on points. He was born in Kentucky. In 1954 he moved to Fayetteville, where he served as chief of police. He died there on April 25, 2005.

Kermit Hunter (1910-2001) wrote more than forty outdoor dramas and is perhaps the most widely performed playwright in the United States. Among his plays are Unto These Hills, The Lost Colony, and Honey in the Rock, a Drama of West Virginia. Hunter was a native of McDowell county. He graduated from Welch High School in 1929. He played the organ at the Pocahontas Theater and the First Methodist Church in Welch.

Howard Hurt was a starter on the Duke basketball team in 1959, 1960, and 1961, and was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1961. He played high school basketball for Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley.

Frank Hutchison (1897-1945), an old time musician, recorded a number of country songs for OKeh Records in the late 1920s. He mixed comedy and musical performances in small mining camp theaters in the 1920s. He was born in Raleigh County and grew up in Logan County.

Bessie Haley Helmick Hyde (1905-1928?) was the first woman to attempt to raft the Colorado River. She disappeared in the Canyon and her body was never found. She grew up in West Virginia and graduated from Parkersburg High School. A chapter in the book Grand Canyon Women by Betty L. Leavengood describes her.

Bernard H. Hyman (1897-1942) produced and directed a number of movies in the 1930s. He was born in Grafton.

John Isley is part of the the John Boy and Billy Big Show, a morning show heard by two million listeners on about 30 radio stations mainly in the southeast. He worked in radio in Charleston and lived in Kanawha City.

Tony Jacklin is an English professional golfer, winner of the British Open in 1969 and U.S. Open in 1970, participant on numerous Ryder Cup teams, and captain of the European team from 1979 to 1987. After living in Florida for several years, he recently moved to Lewisburg.

Travis Jackson played basketball for Virginia Tech from 1992 to 1996. In March 1995 at Blacksburg his three-point field goal in the final seconds beat New Mexico State in the NIT quarterfinals and put the Hokies in the NIT Final Four. He is from Peterstown.

William Lowther Jackson (1825-1890) was a brigadier general in the Confederate army, commanding the Nineteenth and Twentieth Virginia cavalries. He also served on the staff of his cousin Stonewall Jackson. After the war, finding that a West Virginia statute disbarred him, he practiced law in Louisville, Ky., and was elected as a judge there. He was born in either Parkersburg or Clarksburg, both then in Virginia; there is some dispute about his birthplace.

T. D. Jakes, called the best preacher in America by Time magazine in 2001, is the pastor of Potter's House Church in Dallas, which had 26,000 members according to a 2000 newspaper article. He has a television ministry and is the author of Woman, Thou Art Loosed! and The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord. Jakes quit working at the Union Carbide chemical plant in 1982 and stepped into the pulpit, becoming pastor of Temple of Faith in Charleston before moving to Dallas. "The Bishop" was born in Charleston. In 2005 he had homes in Charleston and Dallas.

Christopher Janus wrote the novel Miss 4th of July, Goodbye, based on his family's experiences in Montgomery during the Great Depression. The novel is a popular Disney film portraying the struggles of Greek immigrants and African-Americans in that community. He currently lives in the Chicago area.

Jerry D. Jarrell became director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami in 1998. He grew up in Pine Knob in Raleigh County and attended Concord College.

Joey Jay (1935- ), who played baseball for Milwaukee and Cincinnati in the 1950s and 1960s, lived in Spencer in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He was involved in the oil and gas well business there. He was born in Middletown, Conn.

Brig. Gen. Albert Gallatin Jenkins was a Civil War general from Cabell County. Twice wounded, he died at Cloyd's Mountain in 1864.

Thomas Sidney Jesup (1788-1860) is generally considered the father of the modern Quartermaster Corps. He was appointed Quartermaster General in 1818 and held the post 42 years, exceeding the service of any other officer as head of a department or corps. In December 1836, he was given command of the army in Florida, then in the middle of the second Seminole War. He called for a council, under the truce flag, with Osceola, the Seminole leader. When Osceola appeared, Jesup made him a prisoner; this turned public and congressional opinion against him. Jesup was wounded in a skirmish in 1838 and was then replaced in his command by Gen. Zachary Taylor. He was born in Berkeley County (then in Virginia).

James Jett (1970- ), wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders, is the state record holder in track and field sprinting events and won a gold medal in the Barcelona Olympics in the 4X100 meter relay event. He was born in Charles Town, and played for Jefferson High School in Shenandoah Junction.

Joe Johns was named Capitol Hill correspondent for NBC News in December 1993, reporting for Today and other newscasts. In 1988 he won an Emmy for coverage of the Nation of Islam's tactics to rid a dangerous neighborhood of drugs. He is a graduate of Marshall University and began his TV career at WSAZ-TV in Huntington. He is a native of Columbus, Ohio.

Douglas Wilson Johnson (1878-1944) a noted geologist who was a Professor at Harvard University (1907-12) and Columbia University (1912-44). He was known for studies of coastal erosion and was the author of Topography and Strategy in the War (1917), Shore Processes and Shoreline Development (1919), New England-Acadian Shoreline (1925), Stream Sculpture on the Atlantic Slope (1931), and Origin of Submarine Canyons (1939). He was born in Parkersburg.

John Johnson is best known for training Buster Douglas to a victory over Mike Tyson. In the 1970s he was an assistant coach at Ohio State under Woody Hayes. He is originally from Mingo County.

Johnnie Johnson (1924-2005), the pianist for Chuck Berry, co-wrote with Berry, uncredited, such songs as Sweet Little Sixteen and Roll Over Beethoven. Berry's song Johnnie B. Goode is a tribute to his partner. Johnson continued to play and tour all over the world as a solo artist in recent years and had been described as the best blues pianist alive. He was born and raised in Fairmont, the son of a coal miner. He had been living in St. Louis before he died.

Joseph Johnson (1785-1877), the first popularly elected governor of Virginia, lived in Bridgeport much of his life. He was born in Orange County, N. Y.

Louis A. Johnson (1891-1966) was appointed Secretary of Defense by President Truman in 1949. He was earlier appointed assistant Secretary of War by President Roosevelt and played a significant role in preapring the U. S. to enter World War II. He was born in Roanoke, Va., but moved to Clarksburg, W. Va., to practice law after graduating from the University of Virginia Law School.

Chad Johnston (1974- ), WVU's starting quarterback from 1994-96, is currently on the roster of the Carolina Panthers. He was born in Peterstown and led Peterstown High School to the state championship in his senior year.

Daniel Johnston (1961- ) is a popular singer-songwriter who has made numerous recordings, including Fun, released in 1994 by Atlantic Records. He was born in Sacramento, Calif., but moved with his family to West Virginia at age 5.

Billy "Red" Jones (1913- ), was a child actor in several movies in the 1920s. He was born William Charles Jones in Wheeling.

Brereton C. Jones (1939- ) served as Governor of Kentucky from 1992 to 1996. He had served as Lieutenant Governor from 1988 to 1992. Before moving to Kentucky and changing his party affiliation from Republican to Democratic, he served in the West Virginia House of Delegates and was House Minority Leader. He was born in Point Pleasant.

Earl Jones (1961- ), who played for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks, is from Mount Hope.

Grandpa Jones (1913-1998), best known for his banjo playing, singing, and comedy on Hee Haw, spent his early years as an entertainer in Wheeling and Cincinnati. He was born in Kentucky.

Greg Jones, one of the most prolific scorers in WVU basketball history, averaged 22.3 points during his senior season. Jones was selected in the third round of the NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers. He was a starting guard in the CBA all-star game in 1984 and 1985.

Sam "Sad Sam" Jones, a pitcher from 1951 to 1964, was born in Monongah. He played for the Indians, Cubs, Cards, Giants, Tigers, and Orioles.

Mrs. Vesta Jones became the first woman mail carrier in West Virginia and one of the first in the country in 1919.

George Joseph, the chairman of Mercury Insurance Group, was born in West Virginia.

Percy L. Julian (1899-1975), chemist, synthesist of cortisone, hormones, and other products from soybeans. He was born in Montgomery, Ala., and died in Waukegan, Ill. However, he taught chemistry at West Virginia State College for Negroes.

Craig Karges, illusionist and entertainer, is from the Wheeling area. He attended Marshall University.

Bill Karr (1911-1979) played offensive end/defensive end for the Chicago Bears from 1933 to 1938. He was born William Morrison Karr Jr. in Ripley.

Lawrence Kasdan (1949- ) directed the movies Body Heat, The Big Chill, Silverado, and Grand Canyon. He also wrote the screenplay for The Empire Strikes Back. Kasdan was born in Miami, Florida, but was raised in West Virginia. He graduated from Morgantown High School in 1966.

Paul J. Kaufman (1920-1980) served as a state senator from 1960 to 1968 and as a delegate at large to three Democratic National Conventions. He was a candidate for Governor of West Virginia. He was born in Charleston. On Dec. 28, 1980, he and his wife Rose Jean Kaufman (1928-1980) and a son Steven were delivering Christmas gifts to a needy family when they were all killed by a drunk driver in a car accident.

Lesli Kay (formerly Lesli Pushkin or Lesli Kay Sterling) (1965- ) joined the cast of As the World Turns on March 1, 1997, as Molly Conlan. She grew up in Charleston and attended George Washington High School.

Frank M. Kearns (1917-1986) worked for CBS News from 1953 until 1971. As a foreign correspondent he covered London, Paris, Rome and the Middle East. He was the ghost writer for WAC Capt. Kay Summersby's 1948 international bestseller Eisenhower Was My Boss. After retiring from CBS News, he was a journalism professor at WVU. In 1976 CBS correspondent Daniel Schorr reported that former CBS News President Sig Mickelson identified Kearns as having had CIA connections while working as a stringer. Kearns continued to deny this association until his death. In announcing Kearns' death on the CBS Evening News, Dan Rather said: "His reporting on CBS Radio and Television came mostly from datelines such as Baghdad, Khartoum, Yemen and the Congo. He took the tough stories and never complained, through the 1950s and '60s and on to the '70s. ...Legend may be an overworked word among journalists, but in his quiet, courageous way, Frank Kearns was one around here." Kearns was born in Gary, Indiana, but moved with his family to Morgantown in 1918. He graduated from Morgantown High School and WVU.

Greg Keatley, a pitcher for the Royals in 1981, was born in Princeton.

Elizabeth Kee of Bluefield was elected to complete the unexpired term of her husband, U.S. Representative John Kee (Democrat), in 1951. She become the first woman in the state's history to serve in Congress.

Julia Keller, cultural critic and reporter for the Chicago Tribune, won the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing in 2006 for what the judges called a "gripping, meticulously constructed account" of the April 2004 tornado that killed eight people in Utica, Ill. She is a native of West Virginia.

S/Sgt. Jonah Edward Kelley of Keyser was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor because of heroic action during World War II at Kesternich, Germany, in 1945. The medal citation reads:

In charge of the leading squad of Company E, he heroically spearheaded the attack in furious house-to-house fighting. Early on 30 January, he led his men through intense mortar and small arms fire in repeated assaults on barricaded houses. Although twice wounded, once when struck in the back, the second time when a mortar shell fragment passed through his left hand and rendered it practically useless, he refused to withdraw and continued to lead his squad after hasty dressings had been applied. His serious wounds forced him to fire his rifle with 1 hand, resting it on rubble or over his left forearm. To blast his way forward with hand grenades, he set aside his rifle to pull the pins with his teeth while grasping the missiles with his good hand. Despite these handicaps, he created tremendous havoc in the enemy ranks. He rushed l house, killing 3 of the enemy and clearing the way for his squad to advance. On approaching the next house, he was fired upon from an upstairs window. He killed the sniper with a single shot and similarly accounted for another enemy soldier who ran from the cellar of the house. As darkness came, he assigned his men to defensive positions, never leaving them to seek medical attention. At dawn the next day, the squad resumed the attack, advancing to a point where heavy automatic and small arms fire stalled them. Despite his wounds, S/Sgt. Kelley moved out alone, located an enemy gunner dug in under a haystack and killed him with rifle fire. He returned to his men and found that a German machinegun, from a well-protected position in a neighboring house, still held up the advance. Ordering the squad to remain in comparatively safe positions, he valiantly dashed into the open and attacked the position single-handedly through a hail of bullets. He was hit several times and fell to his knees when within 25 yards of his objective; but he summoned his waning strength and emptied his rifle into the machinegun nest, silencing the weapon before he died. The superb courage, aggressiveness, and utter disregard for his own safety displayed by S/Sgt. Kelley inspired the men he led and enabled them to penetrate the last line of defense held by the enemy in the village of Kesternich.
Kelley was born in Roda, W. Va. He attended Keyser High School.

Fern "Peachy" Kellmeyer (1944- ) was an outstanding tennis player in the 1950s and 1960s and a central figure in the growth of women's tennis. She is currently senior vice-president of the Women's Tennis Association. She is from Charleston.

John Edward Kenna (1848-1893) was a U. S. Senator and a member of Congress. He entered the Confederate army at age 16. He was born in Valcoulan (then in Virginia).

Sen. Harley M. Kilgore (1893-1956) was the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on War Mobilization during World War II. He was born at Brown, W. Va. Kilgore earned a law degree from WVU and worked as a high school principal in Eccles for one year before entering the practice of law in Beckley.

George Smith King led the nation in basketball scoring for two years at Morris Harvey College, from which he graduated in 1950. He went on to play for the Syracuse Nationals, won an NBA championship, retired for one year to coach at MHC, then played another year for the Cincinnati Royals, where one of his teammates was Oscar Robertson. He went on to be assistant coach for Fred Schaus at WVU, and then head coach when Schaus went to the Lakers. From there, he went to Purdue University, first as head coach and then Athletic Director, in which position he retired. He is from Charleston and graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1946.

Fuzzy Knight (1901-1976), a movie actor who appeared mainly in westerns in the 1930s and 1940s, sometimes as Tex Ritter's sidekick. In the early 1920s he was a WVU cheerleader and he wrote the WVU fight song. He was born in Fairmont.

John S. Knight (1894-1981), widely respected journalist and publisher who developed the Knight Ridder Newspapers, a major newspaper chain. He won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing. Knight was born in Bluefield.

John Knowles (1926-2001) was the author of the award-winning novel A Separate Peace, published in 1959, which was required reading in schools across America. He was born in Fairmont, where his father was a coal mining executive, although his parents were originally from Massachusetts.

Gary Alan Kolb (1940- ) was a journeyman outfielder in the National League from 1960 to 1969. He played for St. Louis, Milwaukee, the Mets and Pittsburgh. He said one of his greatest pro moments was that he was the pinch runner for Stan Musial after Musial reached base in his final at bat. He was born in Rock Falls, Ill. In 1998 Kolb was living in Cross Lanes.

Mary Lou Kolanko played in the All-American Girls Baseball League in 1950. She was born in Weirton.

Jerry Koloskie, the assistant athletic director at U.N.L.V., is a former star athlete at Monongah High School in Fairmont.

John Kruk (1961- ) played for the Chicago White Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies, and the San Diego Padres. He later worked for the Philadelphia Phillies organization as hitting instructor for their Class AA affiliate, the Reading Phillies. In 2002 he was one of the hosts of Fox Sports Network's The Best Damn Sports Show, Period. Kruk was born in Charleston. He grew up in Keyser and was later living in Burlington, W. Va.

Millard Lampell (1919-1997), a screenwriter, producer, and songwriter, attended West Virginia University on a football scholarship. He was born in Paterson, N. J.

Karl Spencer Lashley (1890-1958), a psychologist who was a major figure in early studies of the localization of brain function. He was director of the Yerkes Laboratories for Primate Biology in Orange Park, Fla., from 1942 to 1955. He was born at Davis.

Jean Lee Latham (1902- ) is the author of plays presented on radio and television and of children's books (Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, fictionalized biography awarded Newbery Medal 1956; This Dear-Bought Land; On Stage, Mr. Jefferson; Young Man in a Hurry; Man of the Monitor; Retreat to Glory: the Story of Sam Houston). She was born in Buckhannon.

Julian Lane Latimer (1868-1939) commanded the battleship Rhode Island during World War I. He later became judge advocate of the Navy. He was born at Shepherdstown.

Matt Lauer of NBC's Today show began his broadcasting career at WOWK-TV in Huntington after studying communications at Ohio University. He was hired at WOWK-TV in 1979 as a producer for the noon news and in 1980 became a reporter for the station.

Lillian Lawrence (1868-1926) was an actress who appeared in numerous silent films in the 1920s. According to imdb.com, she was born in Alexander, W. Va.

Shelia (Davis) Lawrence is the widow of M. Larry Lawrence, the former U. S. ambassador to Switzerland, who died on Jan. 9, 1996. Mr. Lawrence's name made news when it was discovered in 1997 that he had falsified his military record, and his body was subsequently disinterred from Arlington National Cemetery. Shelia Davis is from Brushfork. She graduated from Bluefield High School in 1978. She married Mr. Lawrence on June 9, 1990. Mrs. Lawrence, whose father lives in Bluewell, was recently appointed U. S. representative to the World Conservation Union.

Samuel Spahr Laws (1824-1921) was President of Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., before becoming vice president of the New York Gold Exchange around 1865. He invented the stock ticker. He was later President of the University of Missouri. He is the author of Metaphysics and Christianity: Its Nature. He was born in Ohio County (then in Virginia).

Blanche Lazzell (1878-1956), a noted modern artist of the mid-20th century, pioneered woodblock printing as part of the Provincetown Art Colony. Her works hang in the Smithsonian and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with large collections at the University of Charleston and WVU. She graduated from WVU after studying art there and in Europe. She was born near Maidsville, West Virginia.

Rex Lease (1903-1966) an early Hollywood actor who appeared in 154 films between 1924 and 1956. They were mostly westerns but he was in three Ma and Pa Kettle movies, two Abbott and Costello films, and The Grapes of Wrath (uncredited, 1940). He was born in Central City, W. Va.

Carl Lee, the head football coach at West Virginia State College, earlier played defensive back for the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints. He graduated from South Charleston High School in 1979, and then played for Marshall University.

Charles Lee purchased property in 1774 in what was to become Leetown, WV. He called his estate "Prato Rio". Soon after this event he was commissioned Major General under George Washington and participated in the Revolutionary War along with Horatio Gates, his neighbor three miles to the north.

Dick Leftridge, who played college football at WVU, was the first-round draft pick of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and the fourth-round selection of the AFL's Miami Dolphins in 1966. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers before injuries ended his career prematurely. He is a native of Hinton.

Byron Leftwich (1980- ) is a senior quarterback at Marshall University and is considered a leading candidate for the 2002 Heisman trophy. He was born in Washington, D. C.

William Robinson Leigh (1866-1955) was a famous artist whose paintings can be found at Boston's Old North Church, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York. His paintings were purchased by important collectors such as the Duke of Windsor and King Albert of Belgium. He was also an illustrator for leading American magazines. He was born at Falling Waters in Berkeley County.

William Leonhart was ambassador to Tanzania and Yugoslavia. He is a 1939 graduate of WVU and a native of Parkersburg.

J. T. Leroy is the author of Sarah, a semi-autobiographical story about a 12-year-old and his mother, both prostitutes, who comb truck stops for tricks. He spent part of his childhood living with his grandparents in West Virginia.

Chester M. Lester wrote the 1981 number one hit She Left Love All Over Me recorded by Razzy Bailey and wrote other songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dean Martin, and Tammy Wynette. He performed during the 60's and early 70's on Charleston radio and TV. Lester was born and raised in the Charleston area and now lives in Hendersonville, Tenn.

Jim Lett (1951- ) is a coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers, having previously worked for the Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds. In 1990, he managed the Charleston Wheelers to the South Atlantic League title. During that season, he helped start the transformation of Trevor Hoffman from a weak-hitting shortstop to one of the major leagues' most dominant closers. He was born in Charleston and grew up in Winfield and graduated from Winfield High School. According to a recent Charleston Daily Mail story, he lives in his hometown of Winfield in the offseason.

Jon D. Levenson is the Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at the Harvard Divinity School. His research interests are in the evolution of Jewish theology throughout the biblical, rabbinic, and modern periods, in literary study of the narratives of the Hebrew Bible, and in the interaction of intellectual history and biblical interpretation. He deals primarily with literary and theological issues in ancient Judaism. He was born in Wheeling and graduated from high school there in 1967.

Charles H. Levine was one of Charleston's most colorful sports figures and generous benefactors. His son Bob bought an International League baseball franchise in 1971 and named it the Charleston Charlies in honor of his father, who was an avid baseball fan and who watched the Charlies, seated in a wheelchair, wearing a derby hat, and smoking a cigar. Levine referred to himself as "Poor Charlie" during his earlier years as a scrap-metal dealer in Beckley. He died in 1981 at age 89. [Information from a 2003 Charleston Gazette article]

R. Fred Lewis was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court in 1998. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley in 1965. He was student body president in his senior year. Lewis left West Virginia to attend Florida Southern College in Lakeland on an athletic scholarship. Interviewed by the Beckley Register-Herald in 1999, he said, "Beckley's my home. Beckley will always be my home. ... It's kind of a special place for me."

Joseph B. Lightburn was the Constitution Party candidate for President in 1964.

Michael Burt "Bea" Lilly (1921- ) and Charlie Edwin "Everett" Lilly (1923- ) and Don Stover (1928-1996) were inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame in 2002. The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover performed together in the 1950s and 1960s. The Lilly brothers were born in Clear Creek, West Virginia; Stover was born in White Oak, West Virginia.

Rebecca Linger, a former wife of Nick Nolte, is an actor and director. She is the mother of Brawley Nolte, who appeared in Affliction, Ransom, and Mother Night.

C. Carwood Lipton was an executive at Owens-Illinois until his retirement. However, his current fame revolves around being a veteran of E (Easy) Company of the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. As a result, he is a central character in HBO's Band of Brothers. He is played by Donnie Wahlberg. Mr. Lipton grew up in Huntington and is a graduate of Marshall University.

James Litton is Music Director of the American Boychoir, widely recognized as the premier concert boys' choir in the U. S. The Choir has performed and recorded under the direction of some of the great conductors including Toscanini, Ormandy, Leinsdorf, Bernstein, Ozawa and Masur. The choristers attend The American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey. Litton is a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School in Charleston.

William E. Lively was a writer for a number of films produced in the 1940s and 1950s. He was born in West Virginia. He died in 1973.

Earl "Big Cat" Lloyd, the first black to play basketball in the NBA (on Oct. 21, 1950), played college ball at West Virginia State College. However he grew up in Arlington, Virginia.

Logan was chief of the Mingo Indians. The city and county of Logan are named for him, and Mingo county is named for his tribe. Logan was a friend of the white men but became their bitter enemy when his family was killed by a gang of drunken white men at his home opposite the mouth of Yellow Creek in what is now Hancock County.

Mike Logan of the Pittsburgh Steelers (and formerly the Jacksonville Jaguars) played college football at WVU.

Mahlon Loomis is considered by some the true inventor of radio. He was a dentist from New York state who settled in Terra Alta. The following is from QST Magazine: "The first person who succeeded in transmitting through air was apparently Dr. Mahlon Loomis, a dentist. At the close of the Civil War in 1865, he flew two kites, carrying wires, from mountain tops 14-miles (23-kms.) apart. The wire from one kite was attached to ground through a telegraph key; the other kite-wire was grounded through a galvanometer that could measure very small currents. When he operated the key, detectable changes of current occurred in the other kite wire. He was granted a patent on his system in 1872, but no known attempt was made to make use of the phenomenon commercially. Interestingly, the experiment was duplicated 44 years later in London where, during a hailstorm, experimenters successfully communicated over a distance of 3-miles (5-km)."

Adm. T. Joseph Lopez was appointed Commander in Chief of U. S. Naval Forces in Europe in 1996 and retired in 1999. He is one of only two enlisted men in the history of the U. S. Navy to have risen to four-star rank. Lopez is a native of Powellton. The new Chelyan bridge is named for him.

Pare Lorentz (1905-1992), motion picture producer and director. In 1935 he was asked by the U. S. government to organize a film program that would highlight problems in American agriculture. In 1936 he wrote and directed a documentary film, The Plow That Broke the Plains. In 1937 he released The River. In the late 1930s his program was named the U. S. Film Service, and was expanded to produce government motion pictures. Lorentz was born in Clarksburg.

Frank Loria, a two-time All-American, was a defensive back for Virginia Tech from 1965 to 1967 and went on to become the offensive coordinator at Marshall University. He was killed in the 1970 plane crash that killed most of the football team. He was 23 years old. In 1999 Loria was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame. His son, Frank Jr., accepted the award, saying he never knew his father but knew he was more than just an athlete. "I can tell he was not only a great football player but a great man by the way people look at me and see a little bit of him in me," said Loria, whose mother was seven months pregnant with him when his father died. "I know that my dad would be grateful." Frank Loria was a native of Clarksburg.

Dr. Patricia Love has written or co-written books and articles on relationship topics. She has been a guest on Oprah Winfrey and the Today show. She graduated from Sistersville High School and WVU and currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Don B. Lowe was named National Scoutmaster of the Year in 1975. He founded Boy Scout Troop 3 in Parkersburg in 1917 when he was 25 years old and remained the scoutmaster of the troop for 58 years, until his death in 1975.

Daniel Bedinger Lucas (1836-1909), an author known as "the poet of the Shenandoah Valley," was born at Shepherdstown (then in Virginia). He was appointed a U. S. Senator.

Oliver Luck is the former President of NFL Europe, the former World League of American Football. He was a Houston Oilers quarterback and was a quarterback for West Virginia University. Luck ran for Congress as a Republican from West Virginia's second district in 1990, but lost to the incumbent, Harley O. Staggers, Jr.

Albert "Sparky" Lyle (1944- ) started his baseball career with the Bluefield Orioles. He was born in DuBois, Pa.

Tom Maddox (1945- ) is a science fiction writer who has published stories in Omni and Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine. His first novel was Halo (1991). He and William Gibson wrote an X-Files script, "Killswitch," which aired in February 1998. Another script by them, "First Person Shooter," is scheduled to air on February 27, 2000. He is currently editor of PrivacyPlace, an online magazine devoted to personal privacy issues. Maddox is a native of Beckley and attended Woodrow Wilson High School there in 1960-61, before his family moved to Virginia.

Ann Magnuson (1956- ) is an actress and singer who appeared in Clear and Present Danger and other movies, was a regular on the TV show Anything But Love, and was the lead singer in the alternative band Bongwater. She was born in Charleston.

Keith Maillard (1942- ) has written the novels Two Strand River (1976), Alex Driving South (1980), The Knife in My Hands (1981), Cutting Through (1983), Motet (1989), and Light in the Company of Women (1993). He has also worked as a folksinger and music teacher. He was born in Wheeling.

Joe Manchin III (1947- ) became Governor of West Virginia on Jan. 17, 2005. He was born in Farmington. He received national attention in January 2006 when twelve coal miners were killed in a mine accident at Tallmansville in Upshur County. Gov. Manchin's uncle was killed in the Farmington coal mine disaster in 1968.

Charlie "Chuck" Manuel (1944- ), an outfielder for the Twins and Dodgers from 1969 to 1975 and currently the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, was born in Northfork.

"Pistol Pete" Maravich (1947-1988) was selected in 1996 as one of the 50 greatest NBA basketball players ever. While very young, he lived in Elkins, when his father coached basketball at Davis and Elkins College in the mid 1950s. His family then moved to Beaver Falls, Pa.

Gino Marchetti (1927- ) was named the top defensive end of the NFL's first 50 years and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972. He was born in Smithers, W. Va. His family was moved to a California detention camp when he was 14 because his father was an Italian immigrant.

Basilio Marchi (1908-1997) played football for the Pittsburgh Pirates (old name for the Pittsburgh Steelers) in 1934 and for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1942. He was born in Middleport, Ohio, and grew up in Parkersburg and attended Parkersburg High School.

Patrick Markey produced The Associate, which stars Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, and Tim Daly. He co-produced A River Runs Through It and produced The Joy Luck Club, The Quick and the Dead, and The Ties That Bind. He also developed and produced the NBC telefilm Following Her Heart, which starred Ann-Margret. The oldest son in a family of fourteen children, Markey was born in West Virginia but raised in Ohio.

William Casey Marland (1918-1965) was Governor of West Virginia from 1953 to 1957. Marland attracted nationwide attention in 1965 when a reporter found him working as a cab driver in Chicago. At a news conference, Marland explained he had been a cab driver for two years while battling alcoholism. Marland was born in Johnson City, Illinois, but he moved with his parents to Glen Rogers in Wyoming County at age seven.

George Preston Marshall (1897-1969) purchased the Boston Braves in 1932 and moved the franchise to Washington in 1937, changing the name of the team to the Redskins. Marshall was among the team owners who in 1933 broke the league into two divisions with a championship game. Marshall was an NFL Hall of Fame charter member. He was born in Grafton. [Another source gives 1896 for his birth year.] He is buried in Indian Mound Cemetery in Romney.

Sarah Catherine Marshall (1914-1983) wrote the best-selling novel Christy, which later became a TV series, and A Man Called Peter. She lived in Keyser from age 9 and is a graduate of Keyser High School. Her father was a Presbyterian minister in Keyser. She married Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, at the church in Keyser.

Christy Martin (1968- ) is the most recognized female boxer in the world. She has appeared on major pay-per-view boxing cards featuring Mike Tyson, and has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Martin has also appeared on Roseanne, Today, Prime Time Live, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She is from Mullens and is a graduate of Concord College.

Rod Martin (1954- ) played for the Oakland Raiders in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a defensive back. He set a record for most interceptions (3) in a single Super Bowl game. In 2002 he was head trainer for the Raiders. He was born in Welch, although he first started playing football in high school in California.

Chris Massey (1979- ) is a center for the St. Louis Rams. He is from Chesapeake and graduated from East Bank High School.

Sylvia Mathews became deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under President Clinton in October 1998. She had been deputy chief of staff to the president in 1997. Mathews served as chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Rubin, from 1995 to 1997. In 1993, she became staff director for the National Economic Council. Mathews joined the Clinton administration in 1992 as manager of the Economic Transition team. Mathews graduated cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Government in June 1987. As a Rhodes Scholar, she received an honors degree (B.A.) in philosophy, politics and economics in June 1990 from Oxford University. She is a native of Hinton and a graduate of Hinton High School. Mathews said she was with President Clinton in Russia to observe a World War II anniversary. They were standing on their hotel roof watching fireworks explode over the beautiful, historic city. "The president turns to me and says, 'Sylvia, we are a long way from Hope and Hinton.' And I said, 'Yes, sir, we are.'"

John Daniell Maurice won the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing for his editorials in the Charleston Daily Mail about the Kanawha County schoolbook controversy. Maurice worked as editor of the campus paper at Marshall University, and after graduation became a reporter for the Huntington Herald-Dispatch before joining the Daily Mail. He died Dec. 20, 1999, at age 86.

Lee Maynard wrote the novel Crum, a coming-of-age story set on the Kentucky/West Virginia border. He is a freelance writer for Readers' Digest and lives in New Mexico. He was born in Crum.

Thomas Mayberry built the first iron furnace west of the Blue Ridge in 1742 on the Shenandoah river at the "Bloomery" near Harpers Ferry in Jefferson county, WV.

Alvoid Mays (1966- ), cornerback for the Washington Redskins, played earlier for WVU.

William Stanley "Bill" Mazeroski (1936- ), second baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1956 to 1972, is best remembered for his solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. His was the first of only two home runs ever to end a World Series. Mazeroski was born in Wheeling.

Leo Mazzone, a pitching coach who moved from Atlanta to Baltimore in 2005, was born in West Virginia. He was raised in Cumberland, Md.

Gen. Anthony Clement McAuliffe (1898-1975), best known for his one-word reply ("NUTS") to a demand to surrender, attended WVU in 1916-17.

Capt. Jon A. McBride (1943- ) became an astronaut in August 1979 and piloted the Challenger when it was launched on October 5, 1984. In 1987 he became NASA's Acting Administrator for Congressional Relations. He was a Republican candidate for Governor of West Virginia in 1996. McBride was born in Charleston but considers Beckley his hometown. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley in 1960. He currently resides in Lewisburg.

Ron McCartney played football for the Atlanta Falcons in the late 1970s. He graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1972 and went to college at the University of Tennessee where he was an All-American. He and was selected in the first round of the 1976 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams.

Brig. Gen. John McCausland (1836 - 1927) gained a national reputation as a brilliant leader and persistent fighter in the Confederate army. He was born in St. Louis, but in 1849 went with his brother to Point Pleasant in Mason county (then in Virginia). Another source says that in 1849 his guardian uncle brought him to Henderson (then in Virginia), at the mouth of the Great Kanawha River. He attended elementary school in Mason County and Buffalo Academy in Putnam County. He owned thousands of acres of Kanawha River property and lived most of his life near the Mason-Putnam County line.

Rev. Doctor Donald J. McCoid has been bishop of the Southwestern Pennsylvania synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1988. He was runner-up for Bishop of the national church in August 2001. He was born in Wheeling.

Elisha McComas reached the rank of Brigadier General in the War of 1812, having organized his own military unit. In the early 1800s he moved to what is now Cabell County (but was then Montgomery County, Virginia) and helped organize the new County of Cabell. He had two sons who voted during the Virginia secession vote; one voted for secession and one voted against. Another son who organized the Civil War unit called "McComas's Artillery" in Giles County, Virginia, was killed in battle. Another son served as a doctor in the same unit as his brother who was killed. Another son became the editor of a Chicago newspaper.

Charlie McCoy (1941- ) is famous mainly as a harmonica player in country music but is also an accomplished guitarist and trumpeter. He is from Fayetteville, and was born at Oak Hill.

Russ McCubbin (1935- ) has appeared in the movies High Plains Drifter, Sudden Impact, Santee, Cain's Way, and Waco. He was a stand-in and stunt double for Clint Walker in The Cheyenne Show on TV in 1960-62. He was born in Charleston and has lived there since 1992.

Julie McCullough, an actress who played the nanny on Growing Pains and who played Drew Carey's neighbor on the Drew Carey Show lived in Hanover, W. Va., and attended Pineville High School in the ninth grade.

Frances McDormand (1957- ), the Oscar-winning actress, attended Bethany College. She was born in Illinois.

Dan McGinn is the CEO and President of the McGinn Group in Arlington, Virginia, described as "a premiere crisis communications firm providing counsel to Fortune 100 companies." McGinn grew up in Nitro and is a graduate of Nitro High School.

John McKay (1923-2001) was the first head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and for 16 years was the head coach at the University of Southern California. He was born in the now extinct town of Everettsville, West Virginia, the son of a coal miner. He was an all-state running back at Shinnston High School, where he also excelled in basketball. He worked in the mines for a year before enlisting in the Army Air Corps and going to college.

Bill McKechnie played baseball for Wheeling in the Central League beginning around 1909. He later managed several major league baseball teams.

Brig. Gen. J. Kemp McLaughlin is the author of a memoir, The Mighty Eighth in World War II, in which he describes his experiences on an aerial bombardment team in Western Europe during the Second World War. McLaughlin joined the U.S. Air Corps in 1941 and went to Europe the following year as a member of the 92nd Bombardment Group, Eighth Air Force. In 1947 he organized the West Virginia Air National Guard, which he commanded for thirty years.

Louise McNeill (1911-1993), West Virginia's poet laureate from 1979 until her death, wrote beautifully about West Virginia in such volumes of verse as "Elderberry Flood" and "Gauley Mountain." She grew up on a 200-acre farm in Buckeye in Pocahontas County, and began writing poetry at 16. She graduated from Concord College and did post-graduate work at Miami University of Ohio and WVU. Her first collection was published in 1931, and Archibald MacLeish introduced her writings to the world to great critical acclaim. She won the Atlantic Monthly poetry prize and was awarded a scholarship to the Breadloaf Writers' Workshop in Vermont. Her marriage to Roger Pease lasted 50 years.

Marian McQuade (1917- ) campaigned in West Virginia and later nationwide to set aside a day for grandparents. In 1973 West Virginia became the first state with a special day to honor grandparents when Gov. Arch Moore proclaimed May 27, 1973, Grandparents Day. In September 1978 the White House called her to inform her that President Carter had signed a bill designating the Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day beginning in 1979. In 1989 the U. S. Postal Service issued a tenth anniversary commemorative envelope bearing the likeness of Marian McQuade in honor of National Grandparents Day. She was born Marion Herndon in Caperton and now lives in Oak Hill.

Dick McVey, a Nashville record producer, was selected Independent Producer of the Year by Tracker Magazine in 1993. He has done publicity and promotion for various artists and has also worked as an opening act for numerous country music artists. He grew up near Beckley.

J. Mark McVey made his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables after having won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor while on tour with the show. He is a native of Huntington.

Adrian Melott (1947- ) is a physicist who works on the origins of large scale structure in the Universe, and has over 100 scientific publications in this area. In 1996 he was made a Fellow of the American Physical Society "for groundbreaking research into the origins of cosmic structure." He was born in Moundsville, grew up there, and attended Bethany College. He is presently a Professor at the University of Kansas.

Jeff Merrow played for the Atlanta Falcons in the 1970s and 1980s. He graduated from WVU.

Leon Metz, a writer and lecturer about the Old West, was born and grew up in Parkersburg, although he later moved to El Paso, Texas.

Butch Miles (1944- ) is a musician and recording artist who has toured with the Count Basie Orchestra. He was born in Ironton, Ohio, but his family relocated to Charleston. He attended West Virginia State College.

Arnold Miller (1923-1985) served as President of the United Mine Workers of America from 1972 to 1979. He was the first West Virginia native to hold the position. He was born in Leewood.

George Armitage Miller (1920- ) is a psychologist whose studies of language were among the first works in psycholinguistics. From 1960 to 1967 the director of Harvard University's Center for Cognitive Studies, Miller has written important works in cognitive psychology, including (with Eugene Galanter and K. H. Pribram) Plans and the Structure of Behavior (1960) and Language and Speech (1981). He was born in Charleston. [Collier's Encyclopedia]

Jim Miller (1963- ) was drafted by the NBA Utah Jazz and played basketball professionally in Europe. He earlier starred at the University of Virginia and played with Ralph Sampson. He was named MVP of the 1984 NCAA Eastern Regional Championship as they advanced to the Final Four. Miller is also an accomplished magician; he performed at the White House for President Clinton and at an inaugural ball honoring President-elect George W. Bush. He was born in Lewisburg but moved to Princeton when he was two years old. He helped lead Princeton to two state AAA Championships in 1979 and 1981 and was West Virginia Player of the Year in 1981 as well as a Parade All-American.

Joe Miller holds the NAIA record for most free throws made in a season and in a career, playing for Alderson-Broaddus College. Miller was an All-Star basketball player for Sand Fork High School in Gilmer County.

Kate Miller played the role of Eileen in the Broadway play Moon Over Buffalo (1995-96), which starred Carol Burnett. She has appeared on Loving, The Guiding Light, and As the World Turns. She is a native of West Virginia, from the Parkersburg area.

H. Gordon Minns designed the first portable heart-lung machine, a hemodialysis unit for home use, and numerous other medical devices. He has written many scientific articles and holds several patents. He now lives in Wyoming. He attended West Virginia University. His father, Gordon Minns Sr., was the owner of WSPZ radio station in Spencer.

Craig Minervini, currently a sports broadcaster in Miami, broadcast several Notre Dame games and XFL games on NBC in 2000. He was a television announcer for the World Wrestling Federation, where he was known as Craig DeGeorge. He is a former sports anchor at WOAY-TV in Oak Hill.

Richard Mitchell of Bruceton Mills is the NASCAR Northeast Region Winston Racing Series champion for 1999.

George Howard Mitchell (1918-1989) was appointed the first black Assistant Attorney General in West Virginia in 1957, resigning from the Charleston City Council to accept the position. He was approved to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court beginning in 1960, the first lawyer from the West Virginia Attorney General's Office accepted to appear before the U. S. Supreme Court since 1929. He represented the state in five separate cases. He was later appointed as Deputy Attorney General. Mitchell, the son of a coal miner, was born in Maitland, in McDowell county.

Dr. George Howard Mitchell Jr. (1948- ) in 1970 became the youngest person (at that time) to be appointed to the U. S. Foreign Service. He was sworn in a few days before he turned 22. He was the first African American to serve in a professional capacity on the immediate staff of a U. S. Secretary of State. He was born in Charleston and graduated from Charleston High School in 1967.

Mildred Mitchell-Bateman (1922- ) became the first black woman to head a West Virginia state agency when she was appointed director of the Department of Mental Health in 1962. She later became chair of the Psychiatry Department at the Marshall University Medical School. She was the director of Lakin State Hospital in Lakin (Mason County) from the late 60's to the early 70's. In 1999 she retired as clinical director of Huntington State Hospital. The hospital was renamed the Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in 2000. She was born in Brunswick, Ga.

Maj. Gen. James W. Monroe is the commander of the Army Industrial Operations Command. His assignments have included a key logistics role in preparation for Desert Shield/Desert Storm as Deputy Chief of Staff, US Army Central Command. Monroe is a graduate of West Virginia State College.

Margaret Prescott Montague (1873-1955), author and short story writer who won the O. Henry Prize in 1920 for England to America, was born in White Sulphur Springs.

Jeff Montgomery (1962- ), the top relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals when he retired in 1999, graduated from Marshall University. He was born in Wellston, Ohio.

Alexander McLean Moore owns and operates McLean Lighting, a manufacturer of replica antique lights. His lights were featured in the movie "The Patriot" and he has made lights for designer Tommy Hilfiger and others, in addition to historic plantations, etc. He was born and raised in Charleston and played tennis at WVU. He now lives in Greensboro, N. C.

Arch Alfred Moore, Jr. (1923- ) was elected Governor in 1969 after having served as a member of Congress. In 1975, Moore and his campaign manager were indicted for extortion. He was the first seated governor to be officially charged with a crime. Both were found not guilty. In 1990, the former Governor was found guilty of mail fraud. He served over two years in federal prison and paid a settlement to the state.

James D. Moore, M/Sgt USAF Ret., was selected as the first Missile Facilities Electrician in the Air Force and participated in 93 launches of the Minuteman at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He was a student manager of the 1948-50 WVU basketball team and is credited with the "Barefoot Mountaineers" tag for forgetting to load a bag of shoes on the road trip to W&J. He retired to Lapwai, Idaho, where he served as Mayor from 1994 to 1998. Moore is a 1948 graduate of Welch High School.

Sara Jane Moore (1930- ) attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford in San Francisco on Sept. 22, 1975. She is a native of Charleston and graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School in 1947. She spent time as an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institute for Women at Alderson.

Levi Morgan (1766-1825) was a frontiersman, hunter, government spy, militiaman and Indian fighter. In November 1791 Morgan was with Gen. St. Clair when he was defeated by the Indians. His grandfather was Morgan Morgan. Levi Morgan was born in Morgantown. Late in his life he moved to Kentucky.

Morgan Morgan (1688-1766) is believed to be the first white settler to build a home in what is now West Virginia. He built a cabin on the bank of Mill Creek, near what is now Bunker Hill in Berkeley County. He engineered the first highway in West Virginia, between his town and Winchester, and built the Mill Creek Church, the first church west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He was the first justice of the peace, captain of the militia, and the first innkeeper, having opened a hostelry for travelers. Francis Pierpont was his great-grandson. Ephraim F. Morgan, the Governor of West Virginia from 1921 to 1925, was a direct descendant of Morgan Morgan, who was born in Wales.

Col. Zackquill Morgan established a fort which grew into the city of Morgantown. He was an acquaintance of George Washington, who thought of him when a County Lieutenant was needed to settle the area. His father was Morgan Morgan. He was born at Bunker Hill, Va. (now in Berkeley County, W. Va.).

Glen E. Morrell (1936- ), the 7th Sergeant Major of the Army, was sworn in on July 1, 1983, and served until his term ended in July of 1987. He was born in Wick, West Virginia.

Clayton Morris, a correspondent for the nationally syndicated morning show The Daily Buzz, was formerly a news anchor at WVVA in Bluefield.

Edward Morris (1935- ) is a Nashville journalist and the former country music editor of Billboard magazine. He is the author of numerous magazine articles and several books. As a music critic, he has written liner notes for albums and box sets by The Judds, Keith Whitley, Eddy Arnold, Guy Clark, Hank Snow, Chet Atkins and many others. Morris was born at Aarons Fork in Kanawha County and attended Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston).

Robert Morrisey founded The Wine Spectator, which became the top-selling wine publication in the U. S. He was born in Wheeling but grew up in Joliet, Ill. He died at age 78 in 2005.

Herb Morrison (1906-1989), an announcer for Chicago station WLS, described the scene at Lakehurst, N. J., on May 6, 1937, as the Hindenburg, a German airship, burst into flames and was destroyed in a matter of seconds. In the famous recording, Morrison said, "It's crashing! It's crashing terrible! Oh, my get out of the way, please. It's bursting into flames! And it's falling on the mooring mast. All the folks agree this is terrible, one of the worst catastrophes on the world. Oh, the flames, four or five hundred feet in the sky! It's a terrific crash ladies and gentlemen! The smoke and the flames now, and the frame is crashing to the ground, not quite to the mooring mast. Oh, the humanity, and all the passengers!" The recording, which had been intended for use in a newsreel, was broadcast nationally the next day by NBC, which broke its firm rule against airing recorded news accounts. Morrison was born in Pennsylvania. He began his broadcasting career at WMMN in Fairmont and is said to have worked in radio also in Clarksburg. Morrison joined WVU in his later years. He lived near Cheat Lake outside Morgantown after his retirement.

Jeff Morrison is professional tennis player on the Men's ATP Tour. He has been ranked as high as #96 in the world. His career highlights to date include advancing to the third round of the 2001 U. S. Open Men's Doubles and to the second round of the 2002 Wimbledon Men's Single's tournament. Morrison is a native of Huntington.

Dwight W. Morrow (1873-1931), lawyer, financier, and statesman, was born in Huntington. After the U. S. entered World War I, Morrow went to Europe in 1918 as adviser to the Allied Maritime Transport Council. As chairman of the president's aircraft board in 1925 he aided in formulating a national military and civil aviation policy. In 1927 President Calvin Coolidge appointed him ambassador to Mexico. He was elected senator from New Jersey in 1930. Anne Morrow, a daughter, married aviator Charles Lindbergh.

D. Holmes Morton, a Harvard-trained pediatrician and geneticist, discovered the treatment for glutaric aciduria, which is widespread in the Amish and Mennonite communities in the U. S. He gave up his academic career and moved to Lancaster, Pa., to work among the Amish. He was featured in Time magazine in 1994 in a special issue "Heroes of Medicine." Morton was born in West Virginia and grew up in Fayetteville. His parents still live in West Virginia.

Eric Moss (1974- ) is an offensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings. He played college football at Ohio State. He is a graduate of DuPont High School, and is the brother of Randy Moss.

Randy Moss (1977- ), a football player, grew up in Rand, West Virginia.

Fred Mosteller (1916- ) was a teacher and researcher in mathematical statistics at Harvard for over fifty years. His research involved theoretical and applied statistics, with a focus on public policy, health, and education. Mosteller is the only person in Harvard's history to have chaired four departments -- the Department of Statistics, which he founded, and the Departments of Biostatistics, Social Relations, and Health Policy and Management. He was born Charles Frederick Mosteller in Clarksburg, although his family moved to the Pittsburgh area, where he graduated from high school.

Arnett W. "Ace" Mumford (1898-1962) was a college football coach who won 233 games, with a .717 winning percentage. At Southern University in Baton Rouge he had a record of 169-57-14, and is the all-time winningest coach at that school. He is scheduled to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in August 2001. Mumford was born in Buckhannon, W. Va., and moved to Parkersburg around 1917, playing football for Sumner High School and graduating from there in 1919. He then played football for Wilberforce College in Ohio. After graduation he began his coaching career in 1924 at Jarvis Christian College in Texas. He also coached at Bishop (Tex.) and Texas College before his tenure at Southern began in 1936. He won six college football black national championships--1935, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1954 and 1960.

Adrian Murrell (1970- ), who was recently traded to the Arizona Cardinals, played college football at WVU. He was born in Lafayette, La.

John Patrick Murtha, Jr. (1932- ), a member of Congress from Pennsylvania, was born in New Martinsville.

Stanley Frank "Stan" Musial (1920- ), the baseball great, played ball for Williamson in the old Mountain States League (class D) in 1938 and 1939. He was born in Donora, Pa.

Jim "Raw Beef" Myers was the head assistant coach of the Dallas Cowboys under Tom Landry for many years. He grew up in Madison, in Boone County, and played football at Scott High School.

Lou Myers is an actor who appeared on the TV show A Different World from 1987 to 1993. He has also starred in films such as Tin Cup, Volcano, and Bulworth. He is from Chesapeake.

Walter Dean Myers (1937- ) is an acclaimed writer of children's books who has more recently been writing non-fiction, including black history. He was born in Martinsburg, but grew up in Harlem. In 1998 he was living in Jersey City, N. J.

Norbert A. Myles (1887-1966) was an early movie actor who appeared in about a dozen silent films. He was born in Wheeling.

John Forbes Nash Jr. (1928- ), a mathematician who was awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics for his landmark work, first begun in the 1950s, on the mathematics of game theory. He shared the Prize with Hungarian-American economist John C. Harsanyi and German mathematician Reinhard Selten. Nash began to experience what he called "mental disturbances" in 1959 and was involuntarily hospitalized for a time. A 1998 biography of Nash, A Beautiful Mind, written by Sylvia Nasar, describes Nash as a mathematical genius at Princeton and MIT who essentially lost 30 years of his life to paranoid schizophrenia and who re-emerged into public glory once the disease was in remission to receive the Nobel prize for a brilliant doctoral dissertation he had done in 1950. Nash blamed his collapse on the mental effort of resolving contradictions in quantum theory. A movie with the same title was released in 2002. Nash was born in Bluefield and grew up there. He attended Wade Elementary School, Whitethorn Elementary School, Fairview Junior High School, and Beaver High School, from which he graduated in 1945. While a senior in high school he took supplementary math courses at Bluefield College. Nash's maternal grandfather, Dr. James Everett Martin, was an early settler in Bluefield, and served as its sixth mayor in 1896-97.

Earle "Greasy" Neale (1891-1973), football end and coach. He coached the Philadelphia Eagles from 1941 to 1950 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969. He also played for the Cincinnati Reds around 1919. Neale was born in Parkersburg, graduated from Parkersburg High School and was once the head head football coach at Parkersburg High School.

Julia Beckwith Neale (1789-1831) was the mother of Stonewall Jackson. She was born near Aldie in Loudoun County, Virginia. After her first husband Jonathan Jackson died, she married Blake B. Woodson, an attorney who was appointed clerk of Fayette County. The family lived in and around Ansted, where she is buried.

Matthew Mansfield Neely (1874-1958) was a U. S. Senator and Governor of West Virginia. As a Senator he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. For decades, he controlled the state's Democratic "machine" and hand-picked candidates to receive the party's nomination for the state's highest public offices. He was born in a log cabin near Grove in Doddridge County. In 1907 he was elected Mayor of Fairmont. Fairmont's first radio station, WMMN, is named for him.

Don Nehlen (1936- ) was head football coach at WVU for 21 seasons, leading the team to a Division I-A National Championship football game in 1988. He was National Coach of the Year in 1988, Big East Coach of the Year in 1993, and President of the American Football Coaches Association in 1997.

Brett Nelson (1980- ) is a sophomore point guard on the University of Florida basketball team. He graduated from St. Albans High School. He has been called the best player from West Virginia since Jerry West.

Thomas R. Nicely (1943- ), a professor of mathematics at Lynchburg College in Virginia, made national news in 1994 when he discovered a bug in the numeric coprocessor of the widely-used Pentium computer chip. He was born in Massachusetts but grew up in Amherstdale in Logan County. He graduated from Man High School in 1959.

Jamie Noble is a member of the World Wrestling Entertainment roster. The WWE web site reported in June 2002: "Introduced by Nidia as her new boyfriend, Jamie Noble made his presence felt when he attacked The Hurricane on the June 6, 2002, episode of SmackDown! Noble became a first-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion after defeating The Hurricane at King of the Ring 2002, thanks to help from his girlfriend, Nidia." His real name is James Gibson. His hometown is Hanover, West Virginia.

Nick Nolte (1940- ) had a home in Charleston and was formerly included in the list of famous West Virginians in the World Almanac. Nolte was married to two West Virginians, Sharyn Haddad and then Rebecca Linger. Rebecca's father, Dr. Thomas Linger, was a consultant on several of Nolte's films. When he was studying for Down and Out in Beverly Hills he is said to have hung out with Charleston's eminent street person, Bill Dunn, known as Aqualung. In an interview, Nolte said that to beef up for a role, he told the director of the movie that he'd just go to West Virginia and eat. Nolte was born in Omaha.

John C. Norman is a distinguished surgeon and a pioneer in organ transplant techniques. He was born in Charleston.

Madison (Buzz) Nutter played professional football with the Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers. During his many years with the Colts he was center for Johnny Unitas. His hometown is Huntington.

Mayf Nutter (1941- ) has appeared in many TV series including The Waltons, where he had a recurring role as the leader of a country and western band. He appeared in a 1984 episode of Murder She Wrote and has appeared on The Whiz Kids. He earlier was a member of the New Christy Minstrels and had at least one hit record on the country charts on his own in the 1970s. He was born Mayfred Nutter Adamson in Bridgeport. He made his first radio appearance at age 12 on WPDX with local favorites Cherokee Sue and Little John Graham. Later, while in high school, he had a part-time job at WBOY-TV, which had a program called the Big Boy Frolics.

Eldora Marie Bolyard Nuzum (1926-2004), the first female editor of a daily newspaper in West Virginia, was named the managing editor of the Grafton Sentinel, then a daily, in 1946. She subsequently was the editor of the Inter Mountain, a daily in Elkins, for more than 30 years. She was married to Circuit Judge Jack Robert Nuzum, who served in the House of Delegates from Taylor and Randolph Counties. She was born in Grafton.

Jim O'Brien (1952- ), the head coach of the Boston Celtics, was an assistant coach at Wheeling Jesuit College in 1974-75 and head coach there from 1982 to 1987.

John O'Brien is a writer whose work has appeared in Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, TriQuarterly, Country Journal, Harrowsmith, and Gray’s Sporting Journal. His first book is At Home in the Heart of Appalachia. He was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. He lives in Franklin, West Virginia.

Tim O'Brien led the acclaimed bluegrass group Hot Rize before starting a solo career in 1990. In 1993 he was awarded Male Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association and in 1995 released Rock In My Shoe, which was number one on Gavin's Americana chart for six weeks. He also composed Walk the Way the Wind Blows and Untold Stories, both of which were major hits for Kathy Mattea. Tim's sister Molly often performs with her brother and has also recorded. He grew up in Wheeling.

Molly O'Day (1923-1987) was a traditional country and honky-tonk singer who also performed under the names Mountain Fern and Dixie Lee Williamson. She recorded several inspirational songs for Columbia records. O'Day was born LaVerne Williamson in Pike County, Ky., but spent much of her life in West Virginia, performing with her husband, guitarist Lynn Davis. After Davis became an ordained minister in 1954, the couple preached throughout the coal mining communities of West Virginia. [Another Molly O'Day, a silent screen star who died in 1998, had no ties to West Virginia.]

Vickie Odegard was a rookie on the 1997 LPGA golf tour and was the 1996 Futures Tour Player of the Year. She was born in Fairmont.

Devon Odessa (1974- ) played Sharon Cherski on the TV show My So Called Life. She also had a recurring role in Angel Falls and has guest-starred in The Wonder Years, Step By Step, Highway to Heaven, Hunter, The Facts of Life, and My Talk Show. She was born in Parkersburg although she and her family moved to New Orleans and she attended high school in California.

Johnny Olson (1910-1985), the TV announcer best known for the phrase "Come on down!" on The Price Is Right, lived in Lewisburg during his off time for many years.

Roger O'Neil is NBC's news chief in Denver and is best known for exceptionally well-written "stand up" news reports on the NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. O'Neil covered the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, among other stories for NBC-TV. He worked for WSAZ-TV in Huntington from 1967 to 1971 and lived in Barboursville.

Bo Orlando (1966- ) played football at WVU before playing for the Houston Oilers, San Diego Chargers, and Cincinnati Bengals. He most recently played for Pittsburgh Steelers, but announced his retirement in June 1999. He was born in Berwick, Pa.

Bob Orr (1953- ) has been a correspondent for CBS News since 1993, now covering transportation. He has broken several important stories, including the center fuel tank diagnosis as the likely cause of the crash of TWA Flight 800. He received an Emmy Award for his work on this story. Orr was born in Wheeling. He graduated from Bethany College in 1975.

Burl Osborne (1937- ) is the publisher and editor of the Dallas Morning News. He was born in Jenkins, Ky., but worked for the Associated Press in West Virginia in the 1960s and was a reporter for WHTN-TV in Huntington from 1958 to 1960. He is a 1960 graduate of Marshall University.

Robert M. Overstreet (1938- ), author of the respected Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, was born in Huntington, although he soon moved to Cleveland, Tenn.

Michael Joseph Owens (1859-1923), inventor and glass manufacturer. By the age of 15 he had become a glassblower. In 1888 he began work in a glass factory in Toledo, Ohio. A series of experiments he undertook as a young man eventually led to the perfection of a completely automatic bottle-blowing machine patented in 1895 and 1904. Before his death he had patented more than 40 devices for improving the manufacturing of glass. He organized the Owens Bottle Machine Co. in 1903 and the Libbey-Owens Sheet Glass Co. in 1916. Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, is named for him. He was born in Mason County (then in Virginia).

Warren Owsley won the gold medal in the heavyweight division at the World Jujitsu Games in Auckland, New Zealand, in October 1995. At the time he lived in South Charleston.

Patty Painter was the model used by CBS to demonstrate its color television system to the FCC in 1946. The network transmitted a color television picture from the Chrysler Building to a receiver in a hotel 40 miles away. FCC Chairman Charles Denny spoke to Painter by phone and watched the 19-year-old on a color television receiver.

Brad Paisley (1972- ) recorded "He Didn't Have To Be," which was number one on the Billboard country chart in December 1999. His first country single was "Who Needs Pictures," from an album of the same name. He was born in Glen Dale, where his father is chief of the fire department and also works for the State of West Virginia.

Breece D'J Pancake (1952-1979) was a short story writer. When The Atlantic accepted the short story "Trilobites," a typographical error changed his middle initial to "D'J", and he chose to use the designation from then on. After his death by suicide at age 26, the collection of his stories was published to wide acclaim as The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake. He was born in Milton.

Kimberly Parrish was a program host on the cable shopping network QVC from 1996 through 2004. In 2005, she launched her own women's fashion clothing line, "Fashion Instinct," featured on cable shopping network HSN and the Internet. She was Miss West Virginia in 1992. She is from Parkersburg and earlier worked in radio and TV there.

Lea Ann Parsley (1968- ) is a 2002 Winter Olympic silver medallist in the women’s skeleton event. She was honored by being one of the eight Olympians chosen to carry the World Trade Center flag into Rice-Eccles Stadium during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Parsley was born in Logan.

Patsy Lee Parsons (1931- ) was a child actress who appeared in several movies between 1937 and 1942. She was born in Parkersburg.

Russ Parsons coached Stonewall Jackson High School of Charleston to eight straight track titles from 1948 to 1955. He also had an outstanding record in coaching football and basketball.

Squire Parsons became the baritone singer for the Kingsmen Quartet in 1975. He has written numerous gospel songs including Sweet Beulah Land, which in 1981 was voted Favorite Song of the Year by the Singing News. In 1988 Parsons was named Favorite Southern Gospel Male Singer by the Singing News. He was born near Newton in Roane County. His mother still lives on the family farm. Parsons earned a B. S. degree in Music from West Virginia Institute of Technology.

Lory Patrick (1938- ) is an actress who appeared in several episodes of the TV series Wagon Train. She played the receptionist in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) and Sylvia Dempster in Surf Party (1964). She was born in Beckley.

Maj. Gen. Mason M. Patrick (1863-1942) became Chief of the Air Service in France during World War I. He was born in Lewisburg.

Mike Patrick is ESPN's play-by-play voice for many of the network's top events, including Sunday Night NFL. He began his broadcasting career in 1966 at WVSC Radio in Somerset, Pennsylvania. He later became Sports Director of WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, Florida, where he did play-by-play football and basketball broadcasts. He subsequently moved to WJLA-TV in Washington, D. C., and Mutual Radio. He is a native of Clarksburg.

Christi Paul, a weekend anchor for CNN Headline News, began her broadcast journalism career at WDTV in Clarksburg.

Christopher Harrison Payne (1848-1925) was a pioneer in black journalism, establishing three newspapers, the West Virginia Enterprise, The Pioneer, and the Mountain Eagle. In 1896 he was elected to the state legislature as a Republican delegate from Fayette county, the first black to serve in the West Virginia legislature. In 1903 President Theodore Roosevelt named him Consul General to the Danish West Indies. He was born a slave in Monroe County. As a boy, Payne worked as a farmhand near Hinton and as a servant in the Confederate Army.

John Barton Payne (1855-1935) served one year as Secretary of the Interior under President Woodrow Wilson before becoming Chairman of the American Red Cross from Oct. 1, 1921, until his death. He became one of the most prominent railroad lawyers in the Midwest and, as Director General of Railroads in 1918, Payne was instrumental in the government's takeover of rail lines after the U.S. entered World War I. Payne was born in Pruntytown (then part of Virginia). He had served as mayor of Kingwood and as a circuit court judge in Tucker county before moving to Chicago at age 28.

Louise McNeill Pease (1911- ), West Virginia's Poet Laureate, was named West Virginian of the Year in 1985. She was a professor at Fairmont State, and earlier taught at Concord College, Potomac State College, and WVU. Her best-known book of poetry is Gauley Mountain, published in 1939 with a foreword by Stephen Vincent Benet. She was born at Buckeye and began teaching in local one-room schools in 1930.

Dave Pedneau (1947-1990) was the author of bestselling crime novels D.O.A. and N.F.D. His background as reporter, columnist and magistrate court judge provided him materials. He has used the pseudonyms Marc Eliot and Lee Hawks.

Joe Pendry is the offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills. He has also coached in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, and Carolina Panthers, and was also the head coach of the Pittsburgh Maulers of the USFL. He is a native of Oceana and played college football for WVU.

Chad Pennington (1976- ) of the New York Jets was a quarterback for Marshall. He was a Heisman trophy finalist in 1999 and was MVP of the 2000 Senior Bowl.

Harry Walter Perkowski (1922- ) was a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds from 1947-1954. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1955. He is from Raleigh County and attended Trap Hill High School. He was born in Dante, Va.

Huey L. Perry wrote or edited several political books as well as Blaze Starr: My Life, as told to Huey Perry, which was made into the movie Blaze, starring Paul Newman. He is a long-time Huntington resident, and is said to be a native of Gilbert.

Charles Peters is editor-in-chief and founder of The Washington Monthly. He is also the author of Tilting at Windmills and How Washington Really Works. Peters was raised in Charleston and served in the House of Delegates for two years.

Joseph Paul "Joey" Pettini (1955- ) played shortstop for the San Francisco Giants. He was born in Wheeling and is a graduate of Brooke High School.

Phil Pfister, a world reknowned Strong Man, has appeared in International Strong Man contests abroad which have been aired on ESPN. In 2005 he was ranked #1 in America and #4 in the world. He works as an EMT and firefighter. Pfister is from Charleston.

Jayne Anne Philips (1952- ), author of short stories. She is the recipient of a Fels Award, two Pushcart Prizes, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and St. Lawrence Award for Fiction. She was born in West Virginia.

Ernie Phillips, award-winning tenor with the Kingsmen Quartet of Asheville, N. C., was born near Cool Ridge in Raleigh County.

Gene Montague Phillips (1926- ) in 1973 founded the Ancient Astronaut Society, an organization whose objectives are to search for evidence to determine whether Earth was visited in the remote past by intelligent beings from outer space, and to determine whether a highly-developed, technological civilization existed on Earth before recorded history. He is the editor of the society's publication Ancient Skies. He lives in Illinois but was born in Beaver and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley in 1942.

Jayne Anne Phillips is an award winning novelest born and raised in Buckhannon. Her work has been published in twelve different languages. She has taught at Harvard, Boston University, Williams College and is currently Writer In Residence at Brandeis University.

William Pierce (1933-2002), the white supremacist leader and author of the novel The Turner Diaries (1978), died at his compound at Mill Point, near Hillsboro, West Virginia, in 2002. The Turner Diaries is believed to have inspired Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Pierce was born in Atlanta.

Francis Harrison Pierpont (1814-1899) is known as the father of West Virginia. In 1861, when Virginia seceded from the Union, Pierpont organized Unionists in the western part of the state. The Wheeling Convention chose him to head the provisional government there. From 1863 to 1865 he was governor of the “restored state of Virginia” and was governor of Virginia from 1865 to 1868. He was born near Morgantown and grew up in Marion County, in what is now West Virginia. His wife, Julia Augusta Robertson Pierpont, is credited with being an originator of Decoration Day, which was renamed Memorial Day in 1882. They are buried in Fairmont’s Woodlawn Cemetery Historic District, a short distance from their home site.

Kevin Pittsnogle (1984- ) played basketball for the Boston Celtics. He was born in Martinsburg.

Paul Edward Popovich (1940- ), an infielder for the Cubs, Dodgers, and Pirates from 1964 to 1975, was born in Flemington.

Melville Davisson Post (1871-1930), lawyer and detective-story writer. He is the author of The Strange Schemes of Randolph Mason (1896), The Man of Last Resort (1897), Uncle Abner: Master of Mysteries (1918), The Mystery at the Blue Villa (1919), and The Man Hunters (1926). He was born at Romines Mills, near Clarksburg. [Another source gives 1869 as his birth year.]

Tom Poston (1927- ), best known as George, the handyman on Newhart, was a chemistry major at Bethany College when World War II broke out and he ended his studies there. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate as a Doctor of Letters, September 13, 1990, by Bethany in honor of his lifetime education, accomplishments and contributions He occasionally attends alumni functions. He was born in Columbus, and spent his early years in Ohio, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

John "Boog" Powell (1941- ) started his baseball career with the Bluefield Orioles. He was born in Lakeland, Fla.

E. J. Powers, co-lead singer of the group Will to Power, attended West Virginia University and now resides in southern West Virginia. The late-80s group had the hit Baby, I Love Your Way/Free Bird (medley). Female lead singer Suzy Carr is also a West Virginia native and is a graduate of Princeton High School.

Dr. Linda S. Powers is Director of the National Center for the Design of Molecular Function, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Professor of Biological Engineering, and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Utah State University. After completing her M.A. in Physics and Ph.D. in Biophysics at Harvard University, she became a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. In 1988, she joined the Utah State University faculty and started the NCDMF which later became an NIH Research Resource. She has a broad scope of expertise from biochemistry to electrical/computer engineering, and has considerable experience in hemoprotein catalysis, structural biology, and the design and construction of optical and X-ray instrumentation. She was a pioneer the use of x-ray absorption spectroscopy for the investigation of biological problems. She has authored more than 100 technical publications in referreed journals and holds several patents. Linda Sue Powers is a 1966 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley.

Eugenia Price (1916-1996) is a noted writer in two separate genres --historical novels and Christian books. She wrote the best-selling historical romance novels Lighthouse, New Moon Rising, and The Beloved Invader. She was born in Charleston and graduated from Charleston High School but lived most of her adult life in Georgia.

James Price, fiddler, vocalist, and comedian, became a member of the bluegrass band Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys in 1995. He is from Prenter, W. Va., and attended Sherman High School.

Roger Price, comedian who guested on Dobie Gillis and Get Smart.

Tom Pridemore, who played college football at WVU, was a ninth-round draft pick in 1978 and played many seasons as a defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons. He is from Ansted.

Byrd Prillerman (1859-1929) was the co-founder of the West Virginia Colored Institute, which later became West Virginia State College and West Virginia State University. He began his teaching career in Sissonville in 1879 and later taught in Charleston public schools. Prillerman was born a slave in Franklin County, Virginia, the youngest of seventeen children. His family moved into West Virginia in 1868.

Frank Pritt founded Attachmate Corporation in 1982. He was listed on Forbes' list of 400 richest Americans in October 1995. On May 17th, 2006, Pritt listed his estate in Orange County for sale with a price of $75,000,000. His hometown is Charleston.

Rachel Proctor is a country singer whose debut album is Days Like This (2004). She is a native of Charleston.

George Edward "Skip" Prosser (1950- ), one of college basketball's winningest active coaches, began his coaching career at Linsly Institute in Wheeling. He was born in Pittsburgh.

Bob Pruett (1943- ), the head football coach at Marshall University, was named MAC Coach of the Year in 1998. He is a 1999 finalist for NCAA coach of the year. He was named West Virginia Coach of the Year four years in a row. Pruett was born in Beckley. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley in 1961.

Jedediah Purdy is the author of For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today, published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1999. He is a native of Chloe in Calhoun County.

Lovett Purnell (1972- ) of the New England Patriots played college football for WVU. He was born in Seaford, Del.

Milan Puskar is a Morgantown entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of Mylan Laboratories Inc., one of the premier manufacturers of prescription generic drugs in the world. In recognition of his continued generosity to West Virginia University athletics, academic programs, and scholarships, WVU's football stadium was renamed Milan Puskar Stadium, home of Mountaineer Field.

Kristin Quackenbush, a world class women's pole vaulter, is a former West Virginia University gymnast and track standout.

Johnny Quarles is the author of Fool's Gold and No Man's Land. He now lives in Oklahoma, but he grew up in the coal fields of southern West Virginia, living in the communities of Carbon, Decota, and Leewood.

James T. Quirk, the publisher of TV Guide in the 1950s and 1960s, was the manager of radio station WKNA in Charleston in the late 1940s.

Ed Rabel was NBC's Pentagon correspondent and earlier reported for CBS. Rabel worked in radio in Charleston before becoming news director of WCHS-TV in Charleston. He held that position from 1963 to 1966. After his broadcasting career, he spent four years with Weber McGinn, an international public relations firm in Washington, and subsequently became a consultant. He was born in Nitro and considers St. Albans his hometown. He attended St. Albans High School and is a 1963 graduate of Morris Harvey College.

Jason Rader, from St. Albans, is a former St. Albans High School and Marshall University football player who played professional football in 2005 for the NFL Europe Rhein (Germany) Fire.

Jeramie Rain (1948- ), a screenwriter and actress, played Sadie in Last House on the Left (1972). She is the former wife of Richard Dreyfus. She graduated from George Washington High School in Charleston in 1966. She was formerly known as Sue Davis.

Patsy Ramsey was the mother of JonBenet Ramsey, the child who was murdered in Boulder, Colorado, in 1996, in a case that attracted nationwide attention. Patsy Ramsey was a native of Parkersburg and graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1975. She was Miss West Virginia of 1977. She died in 2006.

Jay Randolph is the TV play-by-play voice of the Florida Marlins. He was an announcer at WBOY in Clarksburg in the late 1950s and early 1960s and later went on to NBC where he did broadcasts of the Olympics and golf. Jennings Randolph Jr. is a son of the late U. S. Sen. Jennings Randolph.

Jennings Randolph (1902-1998), a U. S. Senator from West Virginia from 1958 to 1985, wrote the constitutional amendment that gave 18-year-olds the right to vote. He introduced the amendment 11 times before Congress approved it. Randolph had been a U. S. Representative from 1933 to 1947. He was born in Salem and graduated from Salem College in 1924.

Monroe J. Rathbone (1900-1976) was President of Standard Oil Co. (1936-1944) and President of Esso (1944-1949). He was born in Parkersburg.

Allie Raye (1963- ), an actress, writer and producer, appeared on her first TV show called High Incident on ABC in 1996. Since then she has been seen on The Practice, Once and Again, and Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, in which she played the Hamburger Mom, a role created for her by Spielberg. She wrote and produced her first screenplay in 2002 into a short film entitled Purple Rose, where she co-starred as well. The film has floated around the festival circuit. Allie was born in Parkersburg and spent the first seven years in Vienna. She attended Greenmont Elementary School. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is getting ready to star in her first film entitled Charity. Her real name was Lisa Beth Salsitz.

Don Redman (1900-1964), "the Little Giant," was an orchestra leader, arranger and saxophonist. He was one of the architects of early Big Band music and his band was one of the great black jazz organizations of the 1930s. He composed and arranged for big band leaders Count Basie and Jimmy Dorsey and wrote music for radio and television. He was born at Piedmont.

Fred Reed (1945- ) is a writer for the Washington Times. He has also been on the writing staff of Army Times, The Washingtonian, Soldier of Fortune, and Federal Computer Week. He has been published in Playboy, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Harper's, and National Review. He was born in Crumpler, a coal camp near Bluefield.

Ida Lilliard Reed (1865-1951) is said to have published over 2,000 Christian hymns. She was born near Moatsville in Barbour County. Among her compositions are I Belong to the King, Somebody’s Praying for You, and Steady, Brother, Steady.

Rick Reed (1965- ), starting pitcher for the New York Mets, and formerly with the Pirates and Royals, was born in Huntington. He pitched for Huntington High School and Marshall University.

Nat Reese (1924- ) is a blues artist who played in the coal fields in the 1930s. He was born in Salem, Va. His family moved to Itmann, West Virginia, when he was four years old. He currently lives in Princeton.

Jesse Lee Reno (1823-1862), Army Officer, born in Wheeling (then in Virginia). As a Civil War brigadier general in 1861, he was assigned to the North Carolina Expeditionary Corps. He was promoted to major general in 1862 and was sent with his troops to Virginia where they took part in the battles of Bull Run and Chantilly. He led his troops in an attack at Antietam and was killed in the battle of South Mountain. Reno, Nevada, is named for him.

Mary Lou Retton (1968- ), gymnast who won four medals in the 1984 Summer Olympics, including the gold in the all-around competition, and helped the U. S. women's team win a silver medal. She was born in Fairmont.

Walter Philip Reuther (1907-1970) was president of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) and of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). He was born in Wheeling.

Robert L. Reynolds (1952- ) is the chief operating officer of Fidelity Investments. He was born in Clarksburg and attended WVU. His first job was in the Trust office at Wheeling Dollar Bank. His father was the mayor of Clarksburg.

Lawrence Rhodes (1939- ), a dancer and ballet director, was born in Mount Hope.

Allyson Rice-Taylor is an actress who has appeared in several TV shows. She was born in Huntington.

Cal Ripken, Jr. (1960- ) of the Baltimore Orioles played in Bluefield in 1978. He was born in Havre de Grace, Md., and grew up in nearby Aberdeen, Md.

Charles (Chuck) Ripper (1929- ) is a renowned wildlife painter. Although born in Pennsylvania, he has lived in Huntington for many years. Many of his paintings have appeared on U. S. postage stamps. His art has also been featured on LL Bean catalogue covers.

Andre "Spiderman" Rison (1967- ) plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. Throughout his NFL career, the much-traveled wide receiver has played for the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers (where he caught the 1st TD in Super Bowl XXXI on the second play of the game), and now Kansas City. He played collegiate football at Michigan State. Rison lived in Fairmont and still has family there, although he was born in Flint, Michigan.

Sylvester Ritter (1952 or 1953-1998), better known as the World Wrestling Federation's Junkyard Dog, played for the Wheeling Ironmen professional football team. Denny Magruder, executive director of the Wheeling Civic Center, said Ritter once told him that living in Wheeling was the happiest time of his life.

Perri David Rlickman (1951-2003) was an itinerant street performer known as Perri the Clown and Perry the Hobo. In the early 1980s he joined the odd family of street performers and characters of the French Quarter in New Orleans and made his living by blowing balloons in different shapes and sizes, and performing magic. During recent summers before his death, he was the talk of Provincetown, on the tip of Cape Cod. At first he was a big hit in the progressive resort town, especially with children. In 2001, the town's police chief tried to revoke Perri's street performer's license after complaints that he made offensive remarks and was frequently drunk. The American Civil Liberties Union stepped in and negotiated another chance on the grounds that bad taste was no reason to deny him a livelihood. He was born in Bluefield.

Cecil E. Roberts (1946- ) became President of the United Mine Workers of America on Dec. 22, 1995. In 1971, he went to work at Carbon Fuels' No. 31 mine in Winifred, W. Va., after a stint in college and military service in Vietnam. He is a native of Cabin Creek and graduated from East Bank High School in East Bank in 1964.

Col. George "Spanky" Roberts was a noted black pilot in World War II. He was from Marion County. He was the first commander of the 99th Pursuit Squadron. He served in both World War II and the Korean War as a fighter pilot and commander. He retired from McClellan AFB in February 1968 after 27 years of active duty.

Stephen Roberts (1895-1936) directed a number of films in the 1930s. He was born in Summersville.

Don Allen Robinson (1957- ) was a second round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He pitched for the World Champions in '79. Donnie also played for the Giants and Angels before retiring to Bradenton, Florida. He is from Kenova, and is a 1975 graduate of Ceredo-Kenova High School. He was born in Ashland, Ky.

Ira E. Robinson was a member of the Federal Radio Commission from 1928 to 1932, including a period as its chairman. (The Federal Radio Commission became the Federal Communications Commission in 1934). He died in 1951 at age 82.

Ric Robinson, formerly the Director of Media Relations for the West Virginia State Police, is the author of Cop - The Truth Behind the Badge. , the book "knocks the politically correct crowd back on its heels with the truth about racial profiling, serial snipers, illegal immigrants, guns, drugs, and more." Robinson previously hosted a talk show on WLW in Cincinnati and has recently been a guest on numerous nationally syndicated talk shows. Except for one year, Robinson lived in West Virginia from 1970 until he retired from the West Virginia State Police in August 1999.

John D. Rockefeller, IV (1937- ) is a United States Senator from West Virginia and a former Governor of West Virginia. Rockefeller was born in New York, N. Y. After college, Rockefeller worked for the Peace Corps in Washington, where he served as the operations director for their largest overseas program in the Philippines. He continued his public service in 1964-65 as a VISTA volunteer. He was then elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1966, and to the office of West Virginia Secretary of State in 1968. Following his term as Secretary of State, he served as President of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1973 to 1976. The people of West Virginia then elected him to be Governor in 1976 and re-elected him in 1980. In 1984, he was elected to the United States Senate, and re-elected in 1990, 1996 and 2002.

Ira Errett Rodgers was one of the greatest pre-World II college football players and often considered WVU's greatest all-around athlete of the first half century. He was born and grew up in Bethany. He died in 1963.

Rich Rodriguez (1963- ) was named head coach of the West Virginia University football team in 2000. "Coach Rod" has led the team to several bowl appearances. He was born in Grant Town, W. Va., and graduated from North Marion High School, where he was an all state football and basketball player.

Jack Rollins, who wrote Frosty the Snowman and Here Comes Peter Cottontail, is from Keyser.

Edd J. Roush (1913-1988), Hall of Fame outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds, retired to West Virginia. He was born in Indiana and died in Florida.

Andrew Summers Rowan (1857-1943), Army officer, bearer of the "message to Garcia," was born in Gap Mills (then in Virginia).

Anna (Newport) Royall (1769-1854), author and journalist, was one of the first women newspaper editors in the U. S. She lived at one time in what is now West Virginia, in Monroe and Kanawha counties.

Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994), the Olympic athlete, lived in West Virginia for a time in the 1970s when she was helping to establish the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, which later was moved to Indianapolis. She was named #41 on ESPN's list of the 50 greatest North American athletes of the 20th century.

James Rumsey (1743-1792), considered by some the inventor of the steamboat. He demonstrated a boat in the Potomac River near Berkeley Springs in October 1783 or in 1786. The demonstration was witnessed by George Washington. Rumsey met Robert Fulton who later built the first steamboat used in commerce. A memorial to Rumsey exists at Shepherdstown, overlooking the bend in the Potomac River where the inventor's boat made its first successful trial.

Dave Ryan does NHL hockey, tennis, and other events for ESPN and ESPN2. He worked for the MetroNews Radio Network in Morgantown in 1989-90.

Cynthia Rylant (1954- ) has won some of the most prestigious literature awards for her children's books, which include Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds, A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories about Love, and Missing May. She was born in Hopewell, Va., but grew up in Cool Ridge and Beaver, W. Va. She attended Morris Harvey College and Marshall University. [Another source gives 1957 as her birth year.]

Soupy Sales (1926- ) (real name: Milton Hines), TV and radio entertainer described as the world's leading authority on pie-throwing. He was born in Franklinton, North Carolina, and grew up in Huntington, graduating from Huntington High School in 1943. After receiving his B. A. in Journalism at Marshall University, he was hired at radio station WHTN in Huntington, first as a radio script writer and later as a DJ. His popular TV show was seen locally in Los Angeles and New York before it went national in 1966. He was a panelist on the TV show What's My Line? and a radio personality on WNBC in New York.

Frank Sampedro (1949- ) is a musician with the Tonight Show where he does all the music sequencing and MIDI music work. He assists Kevin Eubanks with all of his music. He also plays with Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and has received many gold and platinum records. They have two movies out, Rust Never Sleeps and Year of the Horse. Sampedro, who is usually called "Poncho," was born in Welch and, although he moved to Detroit at age two, considers himself a West Virginian. His father died of black lung from working in the mines.

Jack Sanford was the National League's Rookie of the Year in 1957 and a 100-game winner in a 12-year major league carer. He pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, California Angels, and Kansas City Athletics. He was born in Wellesley Hills, Mass., but in the late 1990s was living at Glade Springs, near Beckley. He died in Beckley in 2000.

Chris Sarandon (1942- ) was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Dog Day Afternoon in 1976. He has also appeared in Fright Night, The Princess Bride and the Child's Play movies. He starred as Jesus Christ in the TV movie The Day Christ Died in 1980. He was married to actress Susan Sarandon from 1967 to 1969. He was born in Beckley.

William W. Schallen (1917-2001), trombonist for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Alvino Ray Band, retired to Oak Hill, West Virginia. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Fred "Fireball" Schaus played basketball with the old Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, which became the Detroit Pistons. He later was head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and head basketball coach at Purdue University. Schaus was originally from Newark, Ohio, but played for WVU and later coached there.

Margaret Louise Scherf (1908-1979) was a prolific mystery writer between 1940-1963 with approximately twenty adult and three juvenile titles to her credit. She was born in Fairmont, but moved to Montana and became a member of the legislature of that state.

Alex Schoenbaum (1915-1996) was the founder of the Shoney's Restaurant chain, one of the largest businesses to originate in West Virginia. In 1947 Schoenbaum opened his first drive-in restaurant, Parkette, in Charleston. In 1952, it became the first restaurant in the Shoney's chain after Schoenbaum obtained the regional marketing rights to the Big Boy trademark. In 1971, Schoenbaum and restaurateur Ray Danner merged their companies to form Shoney's Big Boy Enterprises, Inc. In 1976 Big Boy was dropped from the name.

Floyd "Ben" Schwartzwalder (1909-1993) was a legendary football coach at Syracuse University from 1949 to 1973. During his tenure at Syracuse the Orangemen had only three losing seasons, played in seven bowl games, and won a national championship in 1959. He was a native of Point Pleasant. He graduated from Huntington High in 1929 and attended West Virginia University, where he played football as a 155-pound center from 1930 to 1932. He coached at Sistersville High School in 1934 and 1935, and coached at Parkersburg High from 1937 to 1940, winning state high school football championships in 1938 and 1940 with a record of 37-3-2. While a wrestling coach at Parkersburg in 1937, he coached wrestler Leland Merrill, who was later a national champion at Michigan State and bronze medalist at the London Olympics in 1948. Schwartzwalder left Parkersburg in 1941. Schwartzwalder was inducted in to the National College Football Hall of Fame in 1982. Since 1993, the winner of the Big East Conference Syracuse-West Virginia football game receives the Ben Schwartzwalder Trophy.

Billy Scott is a lead and background singer for Billy Scott and the Prophets, which has done beach music classics such as "I Got The Fever," "California," "Beach Trip," "Roll Around Rockin," and most recently, "My Kind of Girl. They "have been a main staple on the southeastern private party, festival, concert, corporate functions, night club and wedding circuit for thirty years. Billy Scott is a native of Huntington.

Ike Seamans (1938- ) began his television career at WTVJ in Miami in 1969, covering news in Florida, the Caribbean, and Central America. His reports were seen on network TV as well. In 1979, Seamans joined NBC News as the Latin American correspondent based in Miami. He covered stories in almost every Latin American country including civil wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras as well as the Falklands war in Argentina. He also reported extensively on the continuing Cuban refugee exodus from Cuba into South Florida. He was NBC's bureau chief in Tel Aviv in 1988-90, bureau chief in Moscow in 1990-92, and bureau chief in Miami in 1992-93. In 1993, Seamans was transferred back to WTVJ by NBC News where he became the Senior Correspondent and is recognized as one of the best investigative reporters in the nation. His reports continue to appear on NBC News as well. He is also a columnist for twelve local South Florida newspapers including the Miami Herald. Seamans is from Charleston. He graduated from Charleston High School in 1956 and WVU in 1961.

Jeffrey L. Seglin writes "The Right Thing," a weekly column on general ethics syndicated by the New York Times Syndicate. He is the author or co-author on more than a dozen books on business and writing. Seglin graduated from Bethany College in 1978.

David Selby (1941- ) played the role of Quentin Collins' ghost in Dark Shadows. He has appeared in Falcon Crest and D3: The Mighty Ducks. He was born in Morgantown.

Andy Seminick (1920-2004) played baseball for Philadelphia and Cincinnati in the 1940s and 1950s. He was born in Pierce, West Virginia.

Mary Lee Settle (1918- ) is a novelist who won the 1978 National Book Award for Blood Ties. She also wrote Choices, Charlie Bland, and a collection of five novels known as the Beulah Quintet. She was born in Charleston and now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Peggy Shanor (c. 1896-1935) was an actress who appeared in several silent films. She was born in West Virginia.

Jack Shea (1900-1970) had small roles in many movies in the 1940s and 1950s. He also appeared in several TV shows, including The Andy Griffith Show, where he played Jed Hanson in the episode "The Great Filling Station Robbery." He was born in Huntington.

Herbert Carmel Lee Shearer was awarded a Carnegie bronze medal after he saved from drowning a 14-year-old girl who had fallen off a boat ramp into the Kanawha River in 1967. Shearer, then a 43-year-old storekeeper living in Chesapeake, was a very poor swimmer but he ran from a nearby restaurant and dived to the bottom of the river in deep water and brought the victim to the surface. The girl, who could not swim, was unconscious but was revived. Mr. Shearer died on February 13, 2005.

Terry Shelton is the lead guitarist for Billy Ray Cyrus' band Sly Dog. He co-produced the album Trail of Tears with Cyrus. He is from Seth and attended Sherman High School.

Thomas Shepherd was granted 222 acres on the south side of the "Potomack" river in 1734. From that tract, he selected fifty acres and laid out a town. He named his town Mecklenburg and petitioned the Virginia Assembly for a charter which was subsequently granted in 1762. The town of Mecklenburg was renamed Shepherdstown in 1798. Shepherdstown is the oldest town in the state of West Virginia.

Abraham I. Shinedling (1897-1982), rabbi and historian, worked as the New York City editor and historian for the Universal Jewish Encyclopedia. He was born in Michigan but served as a rabbi in Bluefield from 1947 to 1950 and Beckley in the 1950s. Among his many books was the three-volume West Virginia Jewry: Its Origins and History, 1850-1960.

Bob Simmons (1948- ), head football coach at Oklahoma State University from 1995 to 2000 and the Big 12 Coach of the Year in 1997, was the linebackers coach at WVU from 1980 through 1987.

Daniel Howard Simpson (1939- ), who has served as ambassador to several African nations, was born in Wheeling, although he grew up in Ohio.

Harry F. Sinclair (1876-1956) founded Sinclair Oil Corporation in 1916 and was its President until 1949. The company has since merged into the Atlantic Richfield Company. He was indicted in 1925 with Albert B. Fall and Edward L. Doheny in the Teapot Dome scandal but was acquitted in 1928 of charges of conspiracy. He was born in Wheeling.

Kevin Sizemore (1972- ) is an actor and producer born in Princeton.

Hubert Skidmore (1909-1946) wrote the controversial social protest novel Hawk's Nest, published in 1941. The novel offers an account of the building of the tunnel at Gauley Bridge. He was from Clarksburg and was a 1927 graduate of Washington Irving High School. His twin brother Hobert Douglas Skidmore was the author of short stories and four novels, among them The Years Are Even, the story of an identical twin coping with life as a twin and then with the death of his twin.

Charles Slack holds the NCAA record for highest rebounding average in a season. He played for Marshall University.

Jim Slade of ABC News was employed by WAJR in Morgantown from 1954 to 1959. Before joining ABC he was Mutual's White House correspondent.

Bill Slater was the host of the popular quiz show Twenty Questions from its beginning in 1946 until 1952. The show began on Mutual radio and moved to television in 1949. He is from Parkersburg.

Tamar Slay (1980- ) has played in the NBA for the New Jersey Nets and Charlotte Bobcats. He was born in Beckley.

Natalie Sleeth (1930-1992) wrote many well-known hymns found in the current edition of the United Methodist Hymnal. For a time she lived in Buckhannon, as she was married to the President of West Virginia Wesleyan College, from which she received an honorary doctorate in 1959.

W. Hol Slutz, who coached at Huntington High School from 1922 to 1931, had championship teams in four sports in 1930-31: baseball, basketball, football, and track. He later became a referee in the NFL.

Tommy Small (1970- ) was the world superwelterweight champion in 1993. He is a native of Sophia.

Eric Smedley (1973- ) of the Buffalo Bills was born in Charleston and is a graduate of Capital High School. He played college football at Indiana University.

Aaron Smith (1751-1826) staked out his claim in 1772 and was given that 400 acres of land by Patrick Henry for his service in the Revolutionary War. He later claimed four other grants and had over 1,000 acres in what is now Harrison County. Smith was born in Trenton, N. J., and came to what is now West Virginia when he was 21.

Ada "Bricktop" Smith (1894-1984) was a jazz singer and nightclub entertainer who achieved fame in the 1920s. She worked as a saloon singer in Chicago before moving to Paris, where she owned the nightspot known as Chez Bricktop. Smith was born in Alderson and died in New York.

Chris Smith was a standout basketball player at Virginia Tech, where he set numerous records. He still has the career rebounding record of 17.1 rebounds per game for the State of Virginia, the All-time Southern Conference Tournament record of 28 rebounds for a single game, and the All-time Southern Conference Tournament record of 71 rebounds for three games. Chris is 24th on the All-Time Division I NCAA list with 1508 rebounds during his career. He still has the Virginia Tech record for the most points scored on an opponent's court by scoring 41 points against VMI in 1960. He is a graduate of Charleston High School, where his 1957 team lost to Beckley's Woodrow Wilson High School in the final game in the state tournament, but gave WWHS its only defeat during the regular season.

Connie Smith (1941- ) has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1971. Her hits include Once a Day, Ain't Had No Lovin', The Hurtin's All Over, and Cincinnati, Ohio. She was born Constance June Meadows in Elkhart, Indiana, but was raised in the Marietta, Ohio, area and in West Virginia. She appeared on the "Big Red Jubilee" on WTAP-TV, Parkersburg and also "Saturday Night Jamboree" on WSAZ-TV, Huntington. She attended Talcott High School near Hinton; she did not graduate there because her family moved away before graduation. She still has family in Summers county.

Michael W. Smith (1957- ), a contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter, is from Kenova (where a street is named for him). He is a graduate of Ceredo-Kenova High School and now resides near Nashville. Among his albums are I'll Lead You Home and Change Your World.

Wendell Smith (1914-1972) a prominent black newspaper journalist who campaigned for the integration of major league baseball, attended West Virginia State College at Charleston. He also co-wrote Jackie Robinson's autobiography Jackie Robinson, My Own Story. He was born in Detroit.

Anna Egan Smucker is a writer whose children's book No Star Nights (1989), a story about growing up in a steel town in the 1950's, won an International Reading Association award. She was born in Steubenville, Ohio, but grew up in Weirton and now lives in Bridgeport.

Sam Snead (1912-2002), the golf legend, was the golf professional at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs and rejoined the staff later as golf professional emeritus. Snead won three Masters titles and three U. S. PGAs, a record 81 U. S. Tour events and more than 130 victories overall. He was Ryder Cup captain in 1951 and 1959 and non-playing captain in the tied match of 1969. Although Snead never won the U. S. Open, there were many near misses, the most famous being in 1939 when he needed a par 5 on the last to win and took an 8. In 1947, he lost in a playoff to Lew Worsham, a missed short putt on the last hole being to blame. He was born in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Giles Snyder, a newscaster on NPR, grew up in Charleston and worked for West Virginia Public Radio, although he was born in Greenwich, Conn.

Jimmy Snyder, a Nashville singer and producer, had a minor hit in 1970 with The Chicago Story, a song written by Tom T. Hall about a soldier and his bride saying good-bye at the airport as he heads back to Vietnam. He also had a top 100 country song Just to Prove My Love to You in 1980. He is from Wheeling.

Wilbur Sortet (1909-1998) played football for eight seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, beginning with the first season in 1933 (when the team was called the Pittsburgh Pirates). In the 1938 season one of his teammates was Byron "Whizzer" White, later a Supreme Court Justice. Sortet was born in Indiana, but spent most of his life in West Virginia. In the 1920s he played basketball for Huntington High School, from which he graduated. He subsequently played basketball and football for WVU. He was married to the late Margaret Sortet, who taught French and English at Huntington East High School.

Red Sovine (1918-1980), country and western singer, had the hit record Teddy Bear in 1976. Sovine was born in Charleston. He appeared on WCHS, then WWVA, and then on the Louisiana Hayride on KWKH. Teddy Bear is the story of a truck-driving CB operator who tunes into a little crippled boy transmitting from his father's CB radio at home. He also recorded Daddy's Girl, Lay Down Sally, Truck Drivin' Son Of A Gun, Giddy-Up-Go, Ole Rivers, It'll Come Back, Little Joe, I Know You're Married (But I Love You Still), Last Goodbye, Phantom 309, Roses For Mama, 18 Wheels A Hummin', Home Sweet Home, Daddy, and Woman Behind The Man Behind The Wheel. Sovine's real name was Woodrow Wilson Sovine.

K. C. Spurlock raced funny cars in the 1990s. He is the first recipient of the NHRA Winston Rookie of the Year award in 1990. He currently owns the West Virginia Motor Speedway near Parkersburg.

Morgan Spurlock produced and starred in the award-winning documentary Super Size Me, which described his 30-day regimen during which he ate only McDonald's food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Spurlock grew up in Parkersburg and Beckley. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley in 1989.

Johnny Staats, a bluegrass artist, is the state's first instrumentalist to be signed to a major label. According to an article in the Charleston Daily Mail on Feb. 3, 2000, Wires & Wood, his upcoming release on Giant Records is shaping up to be the highest profile release by anyone who still maintains a West Virginia address. The article reported that the 30-year-old Staats has no intention of quitting his job as a UPS driver to go on the road as a performer. He is from the Ripley area and is a native of Jackson county.

Blaze Starr, a famous stripper nicknamed "The Hottest Blaze in Burlesque." She was discovered while working as a hat-check girl in Baltimore. She worked mainly in Maryland, New York, and Philadelphia. She was reportedly involved with several famous politicians. Her life was made into a film starring Paul Newman and Lolita Davidovich. She was from Wayne County, one of 10 children.

Kimberley Starr (1970- ), author of the prize-winning Australian novel The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies, was born in Morgantown.

Ellsworth Milton Statler (1863-1928) founded the Statler chain of hotels. He was born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and died in New York City. However at age 13 he got a job as a bellboy in a hotel in Wheeling. He advanced to hotel clerk and studied hotel management and bookkeeping. Within a few years he was running his own lunch room and billiard hall in Wheeling.

Eleanor Steber (1914-1990) was a concert and operatic soprano. In 1940 she won the Metropolitan Opera's radio auditions and was with the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1940 and the San Francisco Opera Company in 1945. She was born in Wheeling.

Howard Edward "Eddie" Steele (1906-2003) as secretary of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce came up with the city's slogan, "Nature's Air-conditioned City," and the unique promotion of serving free lemonade when temperatures in the city exceeded 90 degrees.

Edward Steers, Jr., the author of Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln and other books about the Lincoln assassination, lives in Berkeley Springs.

Gen. Adam Stephen commanded 500 troops mustered from Berkeley County during Lord Dunmore's War in 1774. He subsequently rose to the rank of General during the American Revolutionary War. Martinsburg, Berkeley's county seat, was chartered by an act of the Virginia General Assembly in October 1788 on lands provided by General Stephen. He named the town after his long-time friend, Colonel Thomas Bryan Martin. General Stephen later became Berkeley county's first sheriff.

Capt. Hugh Stephenson organized a volunteer company in Shepherdstown that has been heralded as the first unit of the United States Army. It departed from "Morgan's Spring," about one-half mile south of the town limits on July 16, 1775. This famous "Beeline March" to Boston covered 600 miles in twenty-four days.

Jeff Stevens wrote the song Carrying Your Love With Me recorded by George Strait, and has written other songs for established stars. He lives in Tennessee but is from Alum Creek in Lincoln County and still has family living there. Stevens said, "Being from West Virginia has given me a huge leg up. All of my family and all of my heritage and everybody I knew from there goes right into my songs."

Maj. Gen. Mitchell H. Stevenson, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations for the U. S. Army Materiel Command, graduated from WVU in 1974

Emanuel Steward (1944- ) is a leading trainer and manager in boxing, having trained Lennox Lewis and Sugar Ray Leonard. He was born in Bottom Creek, W. Va., the son of a coal miner, although he grew up in Detroit.

Bill Stewart, who was killed in Nicaragua reporting for ABC News, anchored the 11 p.m. news on WSAZ-TV in Huntington in the mid-1960s.

Josh Stewart starred on the NBC television show "Third Watch" from 2004-2005 as Officer Brendan Finney. He will appear in the 2006 movie Lenexa, 1 Mile. He was born in Diana, West Virginia. He attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and WVU.

Martha Stewart, the celebrity homemaker convicted in March 2004 of lying to investigators about a stock sale, served a 5-month term at the Federal Women's Prison in Alderson beginning later that year.

Marvin L. Stone, the editor of U. S. News and World Report from 1976 to 1985, graduated from Marshall University in 1947. He began his journalism career as a police reporter in Huntington. He was born in Vermont. Stone died in 2000 at age 76 at his home in Falls Church, Va.

Lewis Lichtenstein Strauss (1896-1974) was a Wall Street banker from 1919 to 1946, a member of the Atomic Energy Commission from 1946 to 1950, its chairman from 1953 to 1958, and a recess appointee as Secretary of Commerce from November 1958 to June 1959. He was born in Charleston.

Mel Street (1933-1978) was a country music recording artist whose biggest hits were Borrowed Angel (1972) and Lovin' on Back Streets. According to a history of radio station WELC in Welch, Street began his singing career in the 1950s at that radio station. While living in Bluefield, he starred on his own half-hour Saturday night show on WHIS-TV from 1968 to 1972. He committed suicide on his 45th birthday. Country recording artist George Jones sang Amazing Grace at his funeral. Mel Street was born King Malachi Street in Grundy, Virginia.

Carrie Lee Strider of Leetown was appointed to be the first female sheriff in the state of West Virginia in 1948.

David Hunter Strother (1816-1888) was a correspondent for Harper's Weekly who covered John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry and the trial that followed. After the Civil War he published Porte Crayon's Personal Recollections of the War. He was born in Martinsburg.

Otto Struve (1897-1963), an astronomer known for his contributions to stellar spectroscopy, notably the discovery of the widespread distribution of hydrogen and other elements in space. He was born in the Ukraine and died in California. However he was director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank from 1959 to 1962.

Anna Stuart (1948- ) joined the cast of NBC's Another World in 1983, playing the role of Donna Love. She had earlier appeared on The Doctors, General Hospital, and The Guiding Light. She grew up in Bluefield.

Adm. Felix Budwell Stump became Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific and U. S. Pacific Fleet, headquartered in Pearl Harbor, in 1953. He also served as the U. S. Military Advisor to the Southeast Treaty Organization and to the Australia, New Zealand, States Treaty Organization. After he retired from the Navy in 1958, he became the Chief Executive Officer of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. He was a native of Parkersburg.

Boyd B. Stutler (1889-1970), one of West Virginia's most noted historians, compiled the world's largest collection on John Brown and wrote Captain John Brown and the Civil War. He was a World War I correspondent and edited American Legionnaire magazine and newspapers in Grantsville, Point Pleasant, and Logan. He sprang from Gilmer and Calhoun counties.

Joe Stydahar (1912-1977) was the Chicago Bears' No. 1 choice in first-ever NFL draft in 1936. He played on five divisional and three NFL championship teams. Stydahar was named to official All-NFL teams in 1937 through 1940, and later coached several teams. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1967. He is from Shinnston and is a graduate of Shinnston High School, although he was born in Kaylor, Pa. He attended Pitt briefly before transferring to WVU, where he excelled in football and basketball.

Dr. John Sullivan, Executive Treasurer and Presiding officer of the Florida Baptist Convention, is from Ansted.

Leon Howard Sullivan (1922-2001), a clergyman and civil rights activist. He was Pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia from 1950 to 1988 and the author of the Sullivan Principles (1977), a code of conduct for U. S. businesses operating in South Africa. He was responsible for the creation of the Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America. Sullivan was the first black appointed to the General Motors board of directors. He was born in Charleston and educated at Garnet High School, West Virginia State College, Union Theological Seminary, and Columbia University. In 2000, Charleston honored him by changing the name of one of its most historic streets, Broad Street, to Leon Sullivan Way.

Nicholas Surovy played Mike Roy, one of Erica Kane's (Susan Lucci) husbands on All My Children in 1984 and was to return in 1998. He has appeared in other TV shows including Law and Order, Matlock, and Murder She Wrote. He is said to be from the Summersville area.

Sir John William David Swan (1935- ), premier of Bermuda who resigned in 1995. He was born in Bermuda but was educated in Bermuda and West Virginia.

Stan Sweet (1927- ) has several times held the title of World Fast-Draw Champion. He appeared on Late Night with David Letterman in 1990. A 2005 article in the Beckley Register-Herald reported that he still held the world record for the fastest draw ever made - at 20 one-hundredths of a second to draw, cock and shoot a balloon. Sweet is currently is a weather reporter for of WVVA in Bluefield. He was born in White Sulphur Springs.

Steve Swisher (1951- ), a catcher from 1974 to 1982 for the Cubs, Cards, and Padres. He was in the All-Star game, 1976. In 1998, was inducted into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame. He was born in Parkersburg.

Nick Swisher, Steve Swisher's son, plays outfield for the Oakland Athletics. He is a 1999 graduate of Parkersburg High School. Parkersburg is considered his hometown, although he was born in Columbus, Ohio, according to the A's web site.

Joani Tabor, a Christian recording artist and motivational speaker, was born in Bluefield.

Robert Tabscott (1937- ) is an author, lecturer, Presbyterian minister, and a recognized authority on African-American studies. He has been a commentator on National Public Radio, and has produced numerous radio and television documentaries on black history and press freedom in America. Tabscott has written a book on Elijah P. Lovejoy, an abolitionist newspaperman who was killed defending his press from an armed mob. In 1997 he talked about Lovejoy with Charles Osgood on Sunday Morning on CBS. Tabscott was born in Mullens and graduated from Mullens High School, where he was an all-state basketball player in 1955.

Carl Tacy coached basketball at Wake Forest and Marshall. He is from Mill Creek in Randolph County.

Darryl Talley (1960- ), the all-pro linebacker for the Bills, played for WVU. He was born in Cleveland.

B. E. Taylor, a singer, was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, but was said to be living in northern West Virginia in 2002.

James "Jay" Taylor (1976- ), who signed as a kicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in December 2004, played football at WVU.

Lionel Taylor became the first pro football player to catch 100 passes in a season in 1961 while playing for the Denver Broncos. He is a graduate of Buffalo High School near Accoville in Logan County, where he was a teammate of Charles "Humps" Cowan.

Bob Teets is the author of West Virginia UFOs: Close Encounters in the Mountain State, which examines more than 125 UFO cases in the state. He has interviewed more than 2000 persons in his research on UFOs. He previously was publisher of two weekly newspapers in West Virginia and published the locally popular Killing Waters book series about the deadly 1985 floods. He believes that his encounter with a UFO on his family farm as a youth was somehow related to the nineteenth-century wireless experiments of Mahlon Loomis, which took place nearby.

Jesse Burgess Thomas (1777-1853), one of Illinois's first two Senators, was born in Shepherdstown, then in Virginia.

Carlene Thompson (1952- ) is a mystery writer. Among her titles are In the Event of My Death, Tonight You're Mine, All Fall Down, Don't Close Your Eyes, and Since You've Been Gone. She was born in Parkersburg and currently lives in Point Pleasant.

Lonnie Thompson (1948- ), a professor of geology at the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University, was selected as one of America's top scientists by Time magazine in August, 2001. He was born in Huntington and grew up on a small farm in Gassaway. He is a graduate of Marshall University.

Victoria Thompson, a best-selling mystery author, attended Alderson-Broaddus College. Her father, Vincent Straface, was born in Richard, West Virginia. Her grandparents, Pizzuto and Straface, were Italian immigrants who lived in the Morgantown area. Victoria's mysteries include Murder on Astor Place (1999), Murder on Saint Mark's Place (2000), Murder on Gramercy Park (2002), Murder on Washington Square (2002), Murder on Mulberry Bend (2003), and Murder on Marble Row (2004).

Rod Thorn has been a player, assistant coach, head coach, general manager, and league official in professional basketball. He played professional basketball for Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, and Seattle. He grew up in Princeton, the son of the Princeton police chief. Thorn was an all-American guard at WVU.

John Thornton (1976 - ), a defensive tackle for the Tennessee Titans, played for WVU from 1995 to 1998. He is from Philadelphia.

Sedale Threatt (1961- ) of the Houston Rockets played college basketball at West Virginia Tech. He has also played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, and Seattle Supersonics. He was born in Atlanta, Ga.

Robert (Bob) Tinnell (1961- ) directed Burt Reynolds and Louis Fletcher in Frankenstein and Me and Joe Montegna in Airspeed. He was born in Fairmont.

Russell Todd helped the Northfork High Blue Demons win three (1977-79) of their eight straight championships. The all-state center went on to star for West Virginia University (1979-83) and become a fourth-round draft pick of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks. He played professionally in Europe after his WVU days.

Toria Tolley, a weekend anchor for CNN's Headline News, previously worked as an anchor at WCHS-TV in Charleston. She attended Bethany College.

Rich Tomaselli played professional football in the 1980s for the Houston Oilers. He is a graduate of Brooke High School.

Dave Tork broke the outdoor world record in the pole vault in 1962 and the indoor world record in 1963. He is a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School.

Sam Trammel plays the role of Kevin "Space" Lauglin in Going to California on Showtime. He is an accomplished New York stage actor whose credits include a Tony-nominated performance in Ah Wilderness! at Lincoln center. He is a 1987 graduate of George Washington High School in Charleston.

Laura Treadwell (1879-1960) had small roles in numerous films in the 1930s and 1940s. She was born in West Virginia.

Harry R. Truman (1896-1980) refused to abandon his lodge and was killed when Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980. A book about him by Shirley Rosen was published in 1981. Truman was born in West Virginia.

Brig. Gen. Terry Tucker is commander of a Joint Taskforce charged with a full accounting for Americans missing in Southeast Asia. He is from Buffalo and is a graduate of West Virginia State College.

Renaldo Turnbull (1966- ) of the Carolina Panthers played college football at WVU. He also played for the New Orleans Saints, a first round pick in 1990. He was born in St. Thomas, V. I.

Calvin Turner played for the Denver Broncos in the mid 1980's. He is from Fairmont and is a graduate of Fairmont West High School.

Dr. John Roscoe Turner (1881-1969) was appointed President of WVU in December 1927. He came to WVU from Washington Square College of New York University, where had served as dean. Turner was born in Mattville in Raleigh County and attended Clear Fork public schools. He received his doctorate from Princeton University in 1913. His father was Capt. William Turner, wounded in Union service during the Civil War.

Sonny Turner (1939- ) replaced Tony Williams as the lead singer of the original Platters in 1959. He was chosen out of 100 auditioners at the age of 19. He still performs. He was born in Fairmont.

Spyder Turner had one top 40 hit, Stand By Me, in 1967. It peaked at number 12 on the pop singles chart. He was born in Beckley.

Ed Tutwiler of Mount Hope won eleven state amateur golf titles from 1939 to 1963. He also lost the U. S. Amateur golf