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11. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting dr.pepper

Great topic. Googled this... I reckon for Melbourne it's a tie between Rupert Murdoch, Cate Blanchett and Kylie Minogue...

wow Rupert Murdoch is australian?! But owning the entire media seems so..... american.

12. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting steff

I'm originally from Ulm, the city Albert Einstein was born in.

...and on the opposite end of the intelligence spectrum..... most of the guys from MTV's Jackass are also from Philadelphia.

13. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 7y

Steve Redgrave the rower

14. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Liverpool...now I am sure there is someone famous from here, but I can't think who right now...

15. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Utrecht, probably the most famous (apart from many other mainly sports people) are:

  • Marco van Basten (soccer)
  • Dick Bruna
  • Gerrit Rietveld (architect, Rietveld house, UNESCO site).
  • Michael Burm: travel guru
16. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Well, we've got:

  • Leonard Cohen
  • Mordecai Richler
  • Celine Dion (sorta--she's from a small town just off the island.)
  • Simple Plan (teeny-bop band--are they known elsewhere?)
  • William Shatner
  • Melissa Auf der Maur (bassist for Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Oscar Peterson
  • Oliver Jones
  • Elisha Cuthbert
  • Corey Hart (remember him?)
  • Yann Martel
  • Christopher Plummer

Full list here. (Hey--it's a pretty big city!)

17. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 7y

How sad is this!
I'm from Carlow town in Ireland and this is what I found...

William Dargan, an engineer, often seen as the father of Irish railways came from County Carlow, Ireland. Born in 1799, he constructed Ireland's first railway from Dublin to Dún Laoghaire (then Kingstown) in 1833. He constructed over 800 miles of railway to important urban centres of Ireland. He was a member of the Royal Dublin Society and also helped establish National Gallery of Ireland. He died in 1867, and was interred at Glasnevin Cemetery.

But then again maybe not, I love taking the train out of town when I'm off on my travels.
Thanks William Dargan, nice job!

18. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 7y

Quoting zaksame

How sad is this!
I'm from Carlow town in Ireland and this is what I found...

William Dargan, an engineer, often seen as the father of Irish railways came from County Carlow, Ireland. Born in 1799, he constructed Ireland's first railway from Dublin to Dún Laoghaire (then Kingstown) in 1833. He constructed over 800 miles of railway to important urban centres of Ireland. He was a member of the Royal Dublin Society and also helped establish National Gallery of Ireland. He died in 1867, and was interred at Glasnevin Cemetery.

But then again maybe not, I love taking the train out of town when I'm off on my travels.
Thanks William Dargan, nice job!

yeah, that's what I thought when I started reading.
At least compared to Celine Dion....yikes

19. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 7y

Quoting Cool Paul

this question seemed to come up quite a bit when traveling. Being from Philadelphia my answer was always the same...

Will Smith

I don't know that this city will ever produce a more famous person.

Paul, I hate to disagree with you on Philly trivia, but I think the most famous person to come out of Philly in modern times would be Grace Kelly. She was born and raised in East Falls and then of course became an actress and after that Princess of Monaco!

20. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Probably the best known Las Vegan is Andre Agassi. I met him when he was around 3. His dad Mike Agassi strung my tennis racquets and gave me lessons. Mike had all his kids hitting the ball machine at the Tropicana Hotel back in the late 70s. I hit with Andre when he was under 6, by the time he was 8 he could beat most adult players. Andre, older brother Phillip, and sister Tami were ball boys & girls at the Alan King Tennis Classic at Caesars Palace. I was one of the umpires calling the ball in/out. Great tournament and a great event for Las Vegas in the 70s & 80s. I got to meet most of the old guard of tennis: Rod Laver, John Newcombe, Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall, Arthur Ashe, Stan Smith, Jimmy Conners, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg. It was very a sad day when Caesars decided to cancel the event in '85.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Mar-2009, at 17:05 by vegasmike6 ]