Say what you will about the Queen City, some of the most famous and sometimes notorious Americans were born and/or raised here. Here are a few people who were the talk of the entire country at one time or another as politicians, show-biz people, heroes, and villains – say hello to the most recognizable Cincinnatians.
Dave Parker is the baseball player we know and love, not only for playing in the Major League Baseball, but also two-time batting champion of National League MVP and being in the Reds Hall of Fame.
While Jerry Springer wasn’t born here, but in London, he had an interesting and somewhat colorful political career. He was even a mayor of the city in the 70s. As a politician, he is a Democrat who tried running for Congress but failed. However, most of the people know him for his reality talk-show – the Jerry Springer Show, where he had controversial guests and situations.
You know him as the filmmaker associated with ET, Animaniacs, Catch Me if You Can, Ready Player One, and countless other projects, a significant portion of which won awards too many to count. He is one of the people we have to thank for the so-called modern Hollywood era and he co-founded Dreamworks Studios. He shaped my childhood and I hope yours too.
William Howard Taft
Both the 27th president of the United States and his wife were born here. Taft was also the 10th chief justice, Yale heavy-weight wrestler, and Republican, and was the first former president who swore in two other presidents. He succeeded Teddy Roosevelt, who was once his friend, as the president, and the two became bitter enemies. There is a bunch of other facts about Taft, but it would not be fair to others. I might dedicate a separate post entirely to him later – who knows.
Remember when I said that there are notorious people from Cincinnati as well? Well, I meant Charles Manson. A murdered and founder of the Manson Family, he is directly or indirectly responsible for at least nine deaths, two of which he was involved in personally. Weirdly enough, he was the talk of the media for a long time, branded as a serial killer and swamped with marriage proposals. He was married two times, and almost once more.
Finishing the list with a true American hero, I present you with Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon. He was a test pilot, Korean War veteran, and university professor. As an astronaut, he was part of the Gemini Program, as well as the Apollo Program. While he was not born in Cincinnati, but Wapakoneta, he taught, had business deals, and on August 25th, 2012, died here.