What West Virginia Has Given You

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West VirginiaI'm from West Virginia and proud of it.  We're a little state and often you don't hear much from us.  But I have a feeling you already know some West Virginians, and hopefully you like us.  Here's a short list of some West Virginians who have made a name for themselves out in the world.

  • Col. Ruby G. Bradley, the most decorated woman in American military history.  (WV girls ROCK.)
  • Kathy Mattea, Country Singer  (Gotta love a girl who can say, "You boys come here to race or just kiss?")
  • Pearl Buck, Nobel Prize winning Author
  • Don Knotts, Lovable Actor
  • George Brett, Hall of Fame Baseball Player
  • Brad Paisley, Country Singer
  • Jennifer Garner, Actress.  Proving that WV chicks can kick butt and look great doing it.  (Born in Texas, she claims WV as home.)
  • Jerry West, voted in the top 50 all time best NBA players
  • Tom Wilson, creator of Ziggy cartoons.  Hey, West Virginians are NICE.  Ziggy proves it.
  • Randy Moss, NFL player.  OK, not ALL West Virginians are nice.  But some can really play some football!
  • Jeff Turner, President of Real Estate Shows.  (Did you know?)
  • Michael W. Smith, Contemporary Christian singer songwriter
  • John Corbett, hottie from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Sex in the City and more.
  • Jennings Randolph, Senator.  If you voted when you were 18, thank this guy.
  • Mary Lou Retton, Olympic gold medalist and very perky West Virgnian.
  • Homer H. Hickman, Jr., author of Rocket Boys, which was made into the movie October Sky.
  • General Chuck Yeager, pilot and the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.  Then, because West Virginians are always up for a game of "Y'all watch this", he was the first to fly TWICE the speed of sound.  Oh, yeah.

For lots more on West Virginians, visit this site on famous West Virginians.

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Rainer
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Sarah Cooper
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Maggie, THIS is what I mean by a hard post.  Loads of research and lots of links to add -- but fun!
March 29, 2007 01:13 PM #1
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Danny Smith
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Hello Sarah Cooper! I like postings like this as I'm a history and current events buff.
March 29, 2007 01:26 PM #2
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Sarah Cooper
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Hello, Danny Smith!  :o)  Glad you liked it.  I'm not so much a history buff, but I learned a lot writing this.  I could have gone on for pages, there are so many famous West Virginians!
March 29, 2007 02:35 PM #3
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Jeff Turner
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From this West Virginia boy to you... one very big smile! WVU plays in the NIT championship tonight. My whole family will be watching!
March 29, 2007 03:14 PM #4
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Sarah Cooper
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Smilin' back atcha, Jeff!  Sadly, my Southern husband will be cheering on Clemson.  I can't take the Carolina out of the boy.
March 29, 2007 03:32 PM #5
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I love it , love it love it...that simple.
March 29, 2007 08:43 PM #6
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Boomer Jack Boardman & Carl McIntyre, the Codgers
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Don't forget Pepper!

Daisy

 

 

Daisy (sneakin' on the computer--again.) 

March 30, 2007 05:33 AM #7
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Sarah Cooper
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Thank you, Bob.  :o)

Oh, Daisy, if I tried to name all the wonderful West Virginia animals, even Active Rain would run out of room!  (But thank you for saying it, and thanks for visiting!)

March 30, 2007 07:21 AM #8
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Jeff Belonger
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Sarah... And the West Virginia Mountaineers won college basketball's NIT championship last night. Oh yea... you forgot to mention Jeff Belonger....  lol   Oh, I guess going to school there and doing a beer funnel of 5 beers doesn't count?  

                                                                                                            jeff belonger

March 30, 2007 01:14 PM #9
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Sarah Cooper
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You DO get WV credit for going to school here, Jeff!  Sorry I left you out.  :o(

Go WVU!!!!!

March 30, 2007 10:37 AM #10
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Jeff Belonger
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So, where's my name still?  lol   By the way, you did mention some great names. I even learned a few... thanks

                                                                                                            jeff b

March 30, 2007 10:47 AM #11
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Frances Fogerson

Sarah:  Your Popaw Hudson said that Chuck Yeager once flew UNDER the Patrick Street bridge in Charleston.  He could fly fast AND low.

Mom 

 

March 30, 2007 11:29 AM #12
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Sarah Cooper
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WOW!!!!  I can't imagine, that is NOT a tall bridge!!!  That is some TALENT.  And I bet it surprised (and scared) a lot of people.  WOW.

Thanks for commenting, Mom!  :o)

March 30, 2007 11:54 AM #13
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Sarah Cooper
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Minutes later ... still floored.  UNDER the bridge???  Wow.
March 30, 2007 11:59 AM #14
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Frances Fogerson

I'm sure the under-the-bridge trick was done in a small prop-plane.   And, to increase your knowledge of family history, Chuck Yeager once "buzzed" the small airport near where we lived (Spring Hill Mountain).  Thinking that the Germans must be attacking (1946), my mother grabbed Keith and Carole and hid in the spring house.  While they were huddled there, she remembered that she left me asleep in my crib.  We always laughed that in a crisis, Mom couldn't remember how many children she had!

March 30, 2007 01:14 PM #15
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Digger Turner

Jeff Turner is my brother so I know...He was also President of Ad/Out...Ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in America by Fortune 500 one year...Go WVA!!!!  Can you tell I was born in Grafton??!!

March 30, 2007 10:32 PM #16
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Sarah Cooper
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Hi, Digger!  Nice to meet you!

Wow, that's impressive about Jeff!  He just can't sit still, can he?  He and Rocky and are one of the Power Couples of Active Rain, and rightly so! 

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, hope to see you around here again!  :o)

March 31, 2007 06:35 AM #17
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