Lived in Paradise Valley
Died in Phoenix
1922-2005.07.18) Inventor of the TV Dinner.
Nebraska born Gerry Thomas was a marketing executive for CA
Swanson and Sons of Omaha, Nebraska in the early 1950's when his company
faced a turkey problem. Gerry's employer, then a leading wholesaler
of poultry, had a 270 ton surplus of post-Thanksgiving turkey sitting in
10 refrigerated railway box cars.
Graduated from ASU; Sun Devils linebacker
Arizona Cardinals safety
NFL football player; U.S. Army Ranger.
May 22, 2002 the Cardinal's record holder for tackles let the team know
that he would not be signing a three-year $3.6 million contract as a
safety. Instead the team's Number 40, Pat Tillman, would be signing
a three-year enlistment contract with the U.S. Army with starting pay of
less than $15,000 a year.
Lived in Flagstaff
|Clyde with his telescope, c. 1930.
Astronomer, discoverer of Pluto.
As a 22 year old amateur astronomer, Clyde submitted drawings
of planets which he had done using his home made telescope to the Lowell
Observatory for comment. The observatory's director was so impressed
that he offered the young astronomer a job at Lowell.
Clyde's job would be to man a camera searching for an elusive
planet X. Years earlier, the observatory's founder Percival Lowell
(1855-1916) had compared the observed and calculated positions of Uranus.
Lowell came to believe that the discrepancy pointed to an undiscovered
planet beyond Neptune.
On February 18, 1930, Clyde found a speck of light on
photographic plates he was examining. The speck moved in successive
plates exactly as a planet beyond Neptune should. In March, 1930,
the Lowell Observatory announced the discovery of the planet which would
eventually be named Pluto.
Named after Arizona landmark
|Jay Silverheels (1912-1980) was TV's
Tonto to Clayton Moore's (1914-1999) Lone Ranger from 1947 to 1957.
He was born in Canada and has no known connection to Arizona. The picture was taken
in the 1970's.
Fictional sidekick of The Lone Ranger
According to an NPR story on The Lone Ranger, the name for
the ranger's sidekick was inspired by the Tonto Basin, an area in Gila
County, near the geographic center of Arizona.
Tonto did not appear
on the first Lone Ranger radio shows. It soon became apparent that
the ranger needed someone to whom to talk since he was by definition,
alone. It was radio after all, and without dialog there would be
little to broadcast.
Fran Striker, writer of The Lone Ranger radio
program, decided to introduce a sidekick. To come up with a name, he
opened up the Atlas and found a place called the Tonto Basin in Arizona.
He said, "Gee, I like that first name, Tonto. It's hard, it's fast,
it's quick, it's easy to remember." Unfortunately, it's also Spanish for "idiot."
On February 25, 1933, the Lone Ranger's faithful sidekick Tonto
made his first appearance on the radio show.
Born in Kyrene (Tempe)
Lived in Lehi, Ashfork, Phoenix; lives in Scottsdale
Attended West Phoenix High School & Phoenix College
(1939- ) Singer, historian, author,
doesn't have to be born in Arizona to write books and sing ballads about
Arizona, but it probably helps. When Marshall was born his family
was living on a small livestock ranch south of Tempe. In 1955 the
Trimbles moved to outside of Ash Fork where Marshall, his two brothers and
his parents lived in a two room trailer without running water.
Commenting on the cramped quarters he says that he never slept
alone--until he got married.
Lived in Wilcox and Phoenix
|Tanya Tucker, 2005. Photo by My Boy Dodger
(1958.10.10- ) Singer,
Tanya Tucker was born in Seminole, Texas, but grew up in
Wilcox. Her family moved to Phoenix in 1967. When she was just
14--after the family had moved to Las Vegas via St. George, Utah--she hit
the big time with the song "Delta Dawn" (1972).
She sang adult songs ("You Ain't Woman Enough")
with an adult voice when she was barely a teen. When she was 21, she
had a much publicized affair with singer Glen
Campbell who was then over twice her age.
She published her autobiography, Nickel Dreams, in
Lives in Paradise Valley
Mike Tyson lives near Mummy Mountain in Paradise Valley, within 2 miles of
Muhammad Ali's home, and trains
at Central Boxing near the state capitol. A few highlights in Mike's
November 22, 1986 - wins his first WBC title shot defeating
Trevor Berbick and becoming the youngest heavyweight champion ever.
January 27, 1992 - found guilty of the February 10, 1991
rape of Miss Black America Contest contestant Desiree Washington, and
begins 3 year imprisonment.
March, 1996 - wins the WBC title from Frank Bruno in three
September, 1996 - wins back the WBA championship from Bruce
November 9, 1996 - suffers an eleven round TKO making
Evander Holyfield a three-time world champion.
June 28, 1997 - is disqualified in the third round of a
rematch for the WBA title when he bites off a chunk of Evander
Holyfield's ear. Tyson lost his temper after a head-butt from
June 8, 2001 - knocked out in the eighth round by
Britain's Lennox Lewis in Memphis, TN.
April 7, 2002 - involved in an alleged assault of an exotic
dancer and her boyfriend in the early morning hours at the Hi-Liter
Gentlemen's Club, a strip club at 4716 N. 12th Street in Phoenix.
Months later Phoenix police announced that there was insufficient
evidence to pursue charges.
August, 2003 - files bankruptcy.
July 30, 2004 - fourth round loss to England's Danny
Williams in Louisville, Ky. Tyson was able to keep only $2 million
of his $8 million purse. Creditors took the rest to reduce a $38.4
August 2, 2004 - underwent arthroscopic surgery in
Scottsdale on left knee to repair a ligament torn in his Friday night
loss in Louisville, Ky.
December 2004 - arrested in Scottsdale outside the Pussycat
Lounge for causing about $1,500 to 22 year-old Asaf Alikadic's 1989
Toyota Solara when he jumped on the hood. Charges were dropped when the
lounge's owners agreed to pay for damages to the vehicle. (The mug
shot above is from this arrest.)
June 11, 2005 - fails to come out of his corner for round 7
of his comeback fight with Kevin McBride. McBride later told the
press that Tyson bit his nipple. McBride who stands 6'6"
remarked about the 5'11" Tyson, "He could not get up high
enough to bite my ears--good job he wasn't a midget, otherwise he
would have bitten something else."