Sunday, March 9, 2008

Snowbound Sunday Morning

This morning, I received an e-mail listing many interesting people from Youngstown, OH. Some of them I knew about, some I didn't. So, on this lazy, snowbound Sunday, I set out to find links to all of the people on the list to see what I could learn. I focused on only those in the Arts and Entertainment section of the list. All others will have to wait until another day. I had a great time reading and listening to all of these folks, I hope you enjoy it as well. The list of course is not all inclusive, so if you know of others who should be added, let me know.


Arts and Entertainment

Stiv Bators - Singer and musician, best known for work with the punk
rock band The Dead Boys,Lords of the New Church,and for a short while Rocket from the Tombs. He was also connected to the band Pere Ubu,. He was born and raised in Youngstown.

Robert and Ronald Bell (Kool & the Gang) - Musicians, originally from Youngstown's South Side.

John Steven Bloom - Master illusionist & magician who has toured with performers including Alice Cooper, Billy Bob Thornton, and Weird Al Yankovic, raised in Liberty Twp.

Chris Columbus - Writer, best known for Goonies and Rent and the director of the first two installments of the Harry Potter movies, raised in Youngstown-Warren area.

Jim Cummings - Voice actor, best known for Winnie the Pooh and Tigger originally from Youngstown's North Side.

Jerry DePizzo - Saxophone player and member of the band OAR,
originally from Liberty Township and Youngstown's North Side.

Joe Flynn - Comedic actor, co-star of 1960s television series
McHale's Navy, originally from Youngstown's North Side.

Brian Gage - Contemporary author of satire and fiction. I recommend one called Snark Inc. Born in Youngstown and grew up in Poland, Ohio and Canfield, Ohio.

William Gass - (new addition thanks to Keith Sikora)Gass was a foremost post-war novelist and experimental prose writer. Famous for The Tunnel.

Elizabeth Hartman - Actress, best known for performance in A Patch of Blue, originally from Boardman.

Sean Jones - Jazz Trumpeter and a member of Wynton Marsalis' band, raised in Warren and schooled at YSU's Dana School of Music. (Don't forget to go to the sidebar to let Sean know we'd like to have a performance in Youngstown)

Phil Keaggy - Guitarist, best known for work with Glass Harp, originally from Hubbard.

Maureen McGovern - Singer, best known for 1970s hit "The Morning After" originally from Boardman.

Michael McGovern - Poet, a product of Youngstown's 19th-century steel mills who became nationally known as "the Puddler Poet."

Jerri Nielsen - Author, best known for Ice Bound, the New York Times bestseller on the medical crisis she endured while trapped at a South
Pole research station; born and raised in the Youngstown area.

Ed O'Neill - Actor, best known for playing Al Bundy on Married with Children, originally from Youngstown's North Side.

Kenneth Patchen - Poet, best known for Beat-era work, born and raised in Youngstown-Warren area.

Jennifer Walcott - Actress, limited film appearances, best known for work as Playboy centerfold model, raised in Youngstown.

The Warner Brothers - Show-business entrepreneurs, immigrated from Poland to New Castle, PA, then to Youngstown, resided on the city's North Side during their early career. For an interesting history of the Warner Brothers' campaign against Nazism read The Celluloid Soldiers


Keith said...

William Gass, one of the foremost post-war novelists and experimental prose writers was raised in Warren (see The Tunnel).

Jennifer Walcott is my cousin. A real shame she didn't get the good genes that I did (wink wink).

-Keith Sikora

Hill said...

A better site for Jim Cummings would be this one: