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Photo of Athlete & Commentator Greg Kelser

Athlete & Commentator Greg Kelser

Greg Kelser, better known by some basketball fans as “Special K,” grew up in a military family. They moved around a lot before landing in Detroit where Greg attended Henry Ford High School in 1975. Upon graduating he headed for...

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Nutritionist Ashley Koff

Hailing originally from Ann Arbor, Ashley Koff is an internationally-renowned registered dietician, who appears regularly on national media outlets, including Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, The Doctors, and CNN.   She is frequently featured in national publications such as The New...

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Actor & Philanthropist Erin Cummings

Born in Lafayette Louisiana, with a father in the military, actor Erin Cummings is used to relocating. After living in Louisiana, Korea, and Nebraska, she eventually grew up in Huntsville Texas. She attended Kilgore College for two years to be a Rangerette,...

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TV Host & Musician Bob Guiney

Most people recognize this Riverview native from stints on ABC’s smash hits The Bachelorette and The Bachelor, but Bob Guiney is actually a musician turned television host.  After graduating from Riverview Community High School, Bob went on to Michigan State...

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Artist & Visionary Tyree Guyton

Primarily a painter and sculptor, Detroiter Tyree Guyton has also been described as an urban environmental artist. He has waged a personal war on urban blight on the city’s east side, transforming his neighborhood into a living indoor/outdoor art gallery....

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Comic Loni Love

Cass Tech High graduate, Loni Love, is one of the nation’s funniest and hardest working comics. Both Variety and Comedy Central have named her among their Top 10 Comics to Watch. Loni is also a busy TV host, guest, and actress who...

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Political Pundit Jamal Simmons

Native Detroiter, Jamal Simmons, is one of the most experienced communications professionals of his generation. The Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation made it possible for Jamal to attend Morehouse College, where he recently received the Presidential Award of Distinction. He is currently a...

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Actor Jillian Rose Reed

Actor Jillian Rose Reed grew up in Michigan, having attended St. Michael’s School in Livonia as well as Northville High School. Early on she had a yearning for the stage, and at the tender age of seven began performing at the Marquis...

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Musician Alto Reed

Native Detroiter and legendary saxophonist Alto Reed, joined Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band in 1972 as a founding member.  During the late '90s, he started a solo career to complement his work with the band, electing to explore contemporary crossover jazz....

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Speed Bump Cartoonist Dave Coverly

Artist Dave Coverly grew up in Plainwell, Michigan, and began cartooning seriously in 1986 as a student at Eastern Michigan University. Eventually his cartoons became regularly reprinted in such publications as Esquire, Saturday Evening Post, The New York Times, and...

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TV Personality Suzanne Sena

Reporter, writer, actor, producer, anchor…Suzanne Sena has worn many hats during her storied career, and all of them fit.  A native of Dearborn, she first caught the show business bug while doing theater at Edsel Ford High School.  From there...

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Author & Reporter Paula Tutman

Paula Tutman is a transplant to Michigan, born in Washington DC. Her father was a director in the Peace Corps so she spent her formative years in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and traveling much of Europe. She has spent more than twenty years...

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Actor Rose Abdoo

Known for her trademark comedic turns, actor Rose Abdoo developed her unique sense of humor here in Michigan.  She was born in Detroit and attended Southfield High School before earning a degree in Communications from Michigan State.  It was also at...

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Oscar Winning Filmmaker Sue Marx

Documentary producer, Sue Marx, was making great films in Michigan long before the rest of the world.  Born and raised elsewhere, she moved to Michigan after meeting her husband and fell in love with the place.  Uncertain of what she...

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Entrepreneur Florine Mark

Florine Mark rose up from humble beginnings on Detroit’s west side. Once a person who struggled with weight issues herself, she not only overcame that challenge, but capitalized on the experience to become a successful entrepreneur. Today, as President and CEO of...

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Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund

Performer Kirsten Haglund was born in Farmington Hills and graduated from Walled Lake Western High School.  A year later she was named Miss Michigan, following in the footsteps of her proud grandmother, Iora Hunt, who had captured the Miss Michigan title...

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Reporter Stacey Gualandi

Television host and producer, Stacey Gualandi, originally hails from Southfield.  Her family moved to Brighton in her teens, where she attended Brighton High School. Stacey now resides in Los Angeles, but still has plenty of family in Michigan.   Armed with a...

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Actor Tom Skerritt

Ruggedly handsome, Tom Skerritt, has carved out the kind of Hollywood career you might expect from a native Michigander. He studied his craft, worked hard, and has turned in decades full of stellar performances brimming with heart and soul. His resume includes...

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Actor Judy Greer

With a natural, disarming style and deft comedic timing, Livonia’s own Judy Greer has quickly become one of Hollywood’s rising stars. A graduate of Churchill High School, she studied acting at DePaul University, and just three days after graduation landed a...

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Olympian Sheila Taormina

Sheila Taormina was born and raised in Livonia, Michigan.  She began swimming with the Clarenceville Swim Club at the age of six and went on to set several Michigan high school records before earning multiple All-American and Academic All-American designations...

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Carpenter & TV Personality Carter Oosterhouse

Born and raised in Traverse City and a graduate of Central Michigan University, Carter Oosterhouse is one of America’s most recognized lifestyle experts.  He first shot to fame in 2003 as a carpenter on the home improvement series Trading Spaces. ...

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Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe is referred to simply as "Mr. Hockey".  He began his career with the Detroit Red Wings in 1946, and went on to play in the NHL for 33 years.  Over those five decades, Howe didn't just survive, he...

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PBS Chef Eric Villegas

Star of the award-winning national PBS cooking show, “Fork in the Road”, Chef Eric Villegas was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and now calls Okemos home. In late 2007 Ann Arbor’s Huron River Press released a companion cookbook to the popular...

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