Gillian - Actress, ('Daina Scully')
of the "The X-Files"
Gwenneth - Singer with Lyric Opera of
Ray - Former NFL linebacker for Buffalo
Bills, commentator for NFL on Fox
Benson, Jr., Johnny - Race car
Roger - Astronaut, killed 1967
in Apollo 1 accident. Grand Rapids Planetarium
named in his honor.
- Former soul/pop singing group.
Meindert - Writer; first
American to win Hans Christian Andersen Award
Devos, Richard - Made Forbes 400
Richest list, October, 1998. Ada, Michigan
Peter - Author/humorist;
attended Calvin College
Patrick - Author/director/screenwriter;
"Opus" based on Duncan's childhood
experience in West Michigan.
Eldering, Dr. Kendrick and Grace Pearl -
Founders of the whooping cough vaccine.
Ron - Tackle for the Seattle
Seahawks and championship wrestler
Gerald R - President; 38th
President of the United States
Betty - First Lady of the United States
Arnold - Author; Founder of
Esquire magazine (1933, Chicago); author of
"Cast down the Laurel," Ernest
Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald showcased their
talent in Esquire magaizine.
Al - Soul and gospel singer; 1966
graduate of South High School
Adaam - of "American Pie"
John - Voice on National Public
Radio(NPR) for over 15 years; correspondent for
"Day One" ABC news magazine
Gary - Quarterback for Indianapolis
Wayne - Owner of Blockbuster video and
Florida Panthers Hockey team; graduate of Calvin
Stanley - AKA "The Michigan
Assassin." - World Middleweight Boxing
Champion born in 1886 on the West Side. Killed by
gunshot. Funeral largest ever seen in Grand
Rapids with several thousand showing up at St.
Anthony - Singer for Red Hot Chili
Jack R. - astronaut.
Kurt - Screenwriter, "Out
of Africa" and "Absence of
Jr., Floyd - Boxer; 1996
Olympics bronze medal
Kevin - dcTalk ; memeber of a christain
Family - Made Forbes Family Fortunes
list, October, 1998. Founded by Dutch immigrant,
Hendrik Meijer and now run by Fred Meijer.
Greg - Runner; 1983 Boston Marathon
Pipp - Professional baseball player for
the Tigers, Yankees and Reds.
Mark Peters - The late Leo Peters was
the inventor of the Butterball turkey
Constance - Author and historian
Rozema, Dave - Former pitcher
for Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers
Paul - Motion picture
producer/director/writer; including "Hard
Core" which was partially set and filmed in
Secchia, Peter F. - Ambassador
to Italy, businessman.
Stanley, Mickey - Former center
fielder for Detroit Tigers.
Steigenga, Matt - Plays forward
for Chicago Bulls.
Andel, Jay - Made Forbes 400 Richest
list, October, 1998. Ada, Michigan (Amway)
Van Allsburg, Chris - Writer and
illustrator of children's books; winner of
Dirk J. Vlug - Congressional
Medal of Honor winner for gallantry in World War
II. Single-handedly destroyed five tanks and
their crews in the Philipines with a rocket
launcher and a pistol.
Peter M. - Made Forbes 400 Richest list,
October, 1998. Grand Rapids, Michigan (Steelcase)
Whitten, Buddy - Professional
Wilkins, Roger - Pulitzer Prize
winner and former assistant U.S. attorney
general; graduate of Creston High School
Wilson, Elizabeth - Actress
("The Graduate") and graduate of
Central High School
Kim - Actress and star of "Guiding
Light", CBS soap opera.
and Anna Bissell - Melville Bissell
first developed the Bissell carpet sweeper in
1876 for his wife to use in their Grand Rapids