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I just found out a fascinating fact

James Allchin a higher up member of Microsoft was born here in Grand Rapids...

anyone got others?

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Now if only we can get all these cool famous rich people to donate money to GRFTBL. Also, they must say "I'm from Grand Rapids, Michigan" everytime they appear on TV -- that would be tight.

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Former president Gerald Ford grew up here in GR!

I know, isnt that wild!

f***ing insane that is! :rofl:

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Wasn't Red Hot Chili Peppers (or at least one member) from here? I thought I heard that once.

Also the former bass guitarist of Metallica was from Byron Center (not the one who passed away, but the one who quit the group)

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Anthony Kedis' (chilli peppers) spent some time here as a child, and his dad blackie lives in Rockford. But I'm not sure if he was born here or not. He certainly doesn't call it home now.

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Wasn't Red Hot Chili Peppers (or at least one member) from here? I thought I heard that once.

Also the former bass guitarist of Metallica was from Byron Center (not the one who passed away, but the one who quit the group)

Anthony Kiedis.

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Interesting bit:

Back in the late 1920s, the young Spencer Tracy lived at Oakwood Manor while peforming on the old Keith Theatre circuit downtown. The Oakwood office may still have this information....but I understand the management there is pretty marginal now, waiting for the condo-conversion.

Anyway, haul that fact out at your next cocktail party!

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Anthony kiedis lived here for his elementary years. His mom still lives in Lowell, his dad lives near me in R-town.

Jillian Anderson (X-Files) grew up here and went to City High.

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Dont forget about Maynard from Tool. And Wayne Static of Static-X is a Michigander too, but I don't remember if he's a West Michigander or not.

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Dont forget about Maynard from Tool. And Wayne Static of Static-X is a Michigander too, but I don't remember if he's a West Michigander or not.

I think Maynard only attended Kendall here, I don't think he lived anywhere else in the state.

But then again I guess the topic wasn't necessarily about native W. Michiganders.

I can't believe that no one mentioned............................

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(What the hell were they thinking anyway..........)

or

Edit: Image Removed..........under review for Grand Rapids connections

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I can't believe that no one mentioned............................

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What connection does Meat Loaf have with Grand Rapids?

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Don't forget about Floyd Mayweather Jr. Still undefeated I believe. You can see him and his entourage touring around grand rapids in one of his many $300,000 vehicles or down at Margarita Grill a lot too.

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Paul Schrader, writer of the screenplays for Raging Bull (1980), Taxi Driver (1976), American Gigolo (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and others, was born in Grand Rapids and attended Calvin College.

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when i make my first million i'm going to margarita grill. :huh:

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when i make my first million i'm going to margarita grill. :huh:

:rofl::rofl::rofl:

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That guy from EGR who wrote American Pie . . . . .

And Kevin Max (Smith) from DC Talk for you Christian music fans out there . . . .

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Brian VanderArk and the guys from Verve Pipe. They gathered a large fanbase among the college bar crowd in the early mid 90's, signed to a major lable for a bit, even opened for the likes of KISS. They've since broken up, but I believe Brian just released a solo CD and currently resides in GR.

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Brian VanderArk and the guys from Verve Pipe. They gathered a large fanbase among the college bar crowd in the early mid 90's, signed to a major lable for a bit, even opened for the likes of KISS. They've since broken up, but I believe Brian just released a solo CD and currently resides in GR.

He also is playing at the Muskegon Summer Celebration with Smashmouth I believe, and has played festival in the past.

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What connection does Meat Loaf have with Grand Rapids?

Hmmm.....Good question. My mother (a Meatloaf fan) told me years ago that he went to high school here.

I tried to verify that on Google but try googling Grand Rapids and Meatloaf and see what the results are.....(darn, now I'm hungry).

I will ask her what in the world she was talking about.

So until then I rescind my Meatloaf contribution to this thread............... :thumbsup:

Edit: I did however find this interesting unrelated tid bit while googling........

Al Green

Green was born in Forest City, Arkansas, where he formed a gospel quartet, the Green Brothers, at the age of nine. The group toured throughout the South in the mid- '50s, before the family relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Green Brothers continued to perform in Grand Rapids, but Al's father kicked the boy out of the group after he caught his son listening to Jackie Wilson. At the age of 16, Al formed an R&B group, Al Green & the Creations, with several of his high-school friends. Two Creation members, Curtis Rogers and Palmer James, founded their own independent record company, Hot Line Music Journal, and had the group record for the label. By that time, the Creations had been re-named the Soul Mates. The group's first single, "Back Up Train," became a surprise hit, climbing to number five on the R&B charts early in 1968. The Soul Mates attempted to record another hit, but all of their subsequent singles failed to find an audience.

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I think Maynard only attended Kendall here, I don't think he lived anywhere else in the state.

But then again I guess the topic wasn't necessarily about native W. Michiganders.

I can't believe that no one mentioned............................

Thats funny that you would mention DeBarge, Nitro. A friend of mine and I ran into the bassist at Firehouse Music on Chicago Dr several years ago.

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I tried to verify that on Google but try googling Grand Rapids and Meatloaf and see what the results are.....(darn, now I'm hungry).

wiki doesn't refute, but doesn't confirm.

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A few Detroit players have homes in Kentwood... Every now in then we get a few customers that look suspect of being players for the early 90s Pistons and I think a few Red Wings.

Off the top of my head:

The Bissels and their fame to keeping my house clean.

The Butterball folks and their turkey was fantastic last year -- it knocked me out in a matter of minutes.

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Brian VanderArk and the guys from Verve Pipe. They gathered a large fanbase among the college bar crowd in the early mid 90's, signed to a major lable for a bit, even opened for the likes of KISS. They've since broken up, but I believe Brian just released a solo CD and currently resides in GR.

I saw Verve Pipe quite a few times at Rick's in Kzoo back in the early 90's before they hit it big. They used to run a projection camera and have images flashing on a screen behind them. It was so MTV. :shades: I also saw them when they had a band called Water 4 The Pool (I think it was called). Brian VanderArk was still the singer, but some of the other band members were different.

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Bill Lear lived in Grand Rapids for a while. He is famous for the Lear Jet, but maybe more importantly, he invented the car radio and the 8-track tape player. He named his daughter Shanda Lear.

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Jillian Anderson (X-Files) grew up here and went to City High.

Jillian Anderson took dance lessons at Jon T on Eastern Ave -- a fact the former owners are still very proud of.

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