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More Notable Sons and Daughters of the Coal Region

Arts & Entertainment
Nick Adams : Nanticoke Actor. Star of "The Rebel", a cowboy show from the 1950's and 60's.
James DeBello : Attended Shenandoah Valley HS Actor. Roles in "Detroit Rock City" (movie), "My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star" (WB). Small part in "American Pie". Born in Connecticut; attended Shenandoah Valley Jr/Sr HS in the mid 1990's
Danny "Freebo" Friedberg : Mahanoy City Musician. Longtime bass player for Bonnie Raitt, now doing solo stuff. See freebo, and Schuylkill Online article.
Nancy Grigor : Edwardsville; The Prell Girl! Star of Prell shampoo commercials in the late 1960's.
Joseph L. Mankeiwicz : Wilkes-Barre; Oscar for Best Director and Best Screenplay Adaptation, "All About Eve", 1950
Rosalyn Menon : Hazleton; Miss Pennsylvania 2001
Paul Plishka : Old Forge; Opera Singer
Maria Powers : (from?); Opera Singer
Jolly Jack Robel : Shenandoah; Polka Musician, wrote the famous "Beer Barrel Polka". "Roll out the barrels..."
Joseph Awad : Shenandoah; Poet Laureate, Commonwealth of Virginia
Ham Fisher : Wilkes-Barre; Cartoonist ("Joe Palooka")
Jane Jacobs : Scranton; Author, Urban Planner
Military & Government
Admiral Joel Thompson Boone : St. Clair Winner of the Congressional Medal Of Honor (U.S. Navy, WWI, France)
Admiral Herbert G. Hopwood : Shamokin; Commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet 1958-1960.
Mary Jo Kopechne : Plymouth; Tragically killed in Ted Kennedy's car at Chappaquiddick
Richard Marcinko : Carbon County; Founder and first commanding officer of U.S. Navy SEAL TEAM 6 and RED CELL (counter-terrorist units)
General Jerry O'Malley : Carbondale; Former commander, U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Command
Harold Parfitt : Coaldale; Governor, Panama Canal Zone
John A. Walker Jr. : Scranton; Soviet Spy
Lt. Gen. John J. Yeosock : Plains Desert Storm Commander
Science & Industry
David Bohm : Wilkes-Barre; Physicist
Amedeo Obici : Wilkes-Barre; Founded a fruit and peanut stand that grew to become "Planter's Peanuts"
B. F. Skinner : Susquehanna; Psychologist
Alfred Zmuda : Shenandoah; Scientist. Calculated trajectory landing tables for moon landing.
Glynn Lunney : Old Forge; NASA flight director for Apollo 11. Also worked on Apollo 13 team.
Joe Balsis : Minersville; Champion Billiards Player
Sam Brazinsky : Kulpmont; Pro Football Player (Buffalo Bills)
George Dillman : Schuylkill Haven, Pottsville ; National Karate Champion and Instructor.
Jack Dolbin : Pottsville; Pro Football Player (Denver Broncos)
Raghib (Rocket) and Quadry Ishmael : Wilkes-Barre; Pro Football Players
Norm Larker : Beaver Meadows; Pro Baseball Player
Joe Madden : Hazleton; Baseball Manager, Anaheim Angels
Tom Matchick : Hazleton; Pro Baseball Player
Ron Mattes : Ringtown; Pro Football Player
Dan Sekanovich : West Hazleton; College and Pro Football Coach
Greg Skrepanick : Hanover Township; Pro Football Player
Jimmy Spencer : Berwick; NASCAR driver ("Mr. Excitement")
Bob Tucker : Hazleton; Pro Football Player
Frank Zane : Edwardsville; Bodybuilder; former Mr. America or Mr. Universe.
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