Takoma Park, Maryland is my home town. Woot! Woot! I hear you clapping!
Known for its farmers markets and budding azaleas, it is a place rich with culture. Recently, I've done research to craft a scene in my manuscript and I've learned that some pretty neat people have interesting ties to the place. Where is your home town and what interesting facts or people come from there? I'd love to hear all about it!
Katherine Paterson, from Takoma Park wrote the Bridge to Terabithia, a classic of young adult literature based upon an 8 year old girl who died from being struck by lightening in 1977.
Goldie Hawn is an American actress, film director, producer, and occasional singer. Hawn is known for her roles in television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and films like Private Benjamin and The First Wives Club. She grew up in Takoma Park where she married John Hudson in the backyard of her childhood home.
Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. Stallone is well known for his Hollywood action roles. Two notable characters he has portrayed are the boxer Rocky Balboa and soldier John Rambo. He grew up on the border of Takoma Park and Silver Spring.
African American poet and scholar of African American folk culture and literature, Sterling Brown died in Takoma Park, Md on January 13, 1989.
Mathew Nathan Drudge
American businessman, journalist, blogger and personality, Matthew Nathan Drudge, born in Takoma Park, Maryland, has a net worth of approximately $90 million. Matt Drudge made his millions though creating and running his famous news blog, the Drudge Report.
John Fahey 1939-2001 was ranked 35th in the Rolling Stone “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list. He was born in Takoma Park, DC and has an album called “Twilight on Prince George’s Avenue.”
Mark MitchellPhoto: DAN DELONG/P-I
Mark Mitchell is an African American Historian and impressive Artifact Collector of African American history. Read more here.