By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 2/20/18 (Tue)
Several weeks ago we discussed famous athletes from
As a subsequent thought, maybe it would be a good idea to see how many famous people in general have visited
This isn’t necessarily famous people from
If you do an Internet search, it will almost always come up “famous people from
First, I thought I’d check with presidents of the
A number of other presidents have visited for one reason or another, most notably John F. Kennedy, who spoke at the University of North Dakota just two months before his assassination in
Beyond presidents, information gets really sketchy. Many famous people have been here, but it’s almost as if you have to connect several dots to figure it out.
Without having to do any research whatsoever, I can tell you that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was in
There was some sort of customs problem so Thatcher’s plane was diverted from
On July 12, 2017, Mark Zuckerberg, made famous by Facebook, visited the Bakken area because he wanted to learn about the nation’s energy supply.
During the Christmas holiday in 2005, Wayne Gretzky was seen in
That is when Gretzky made his famous comment to the media that he “would kill to play in this arena.”
Babe Ruth was also in the state. The website for the community of Portal states Ruth was passing through on a Soo Line passenger train and stopped in Portal.
Since Portal is the beginning and the end of
Back in 1950, former King Edward of
Hollywood actors have also been in the state and perhaps the most obvious were the three famous actors who starred in “Wooly Boys,” which was filmed in Medora, Beach and other parts of the
Peter Fonda and Kris Kristofferson were the main characters in the movie while Keith Carradine was the sheriff.
Peter Fonda had been in the state several times prior to that movie that included a stop in the Carpio area while on a cross-country motorcycle ride.
You may have to put an asterisk on this one but actor Robert Redford and musician Neil Young, of Crosby Stills Nash and Young fame, were both here last year to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Others were there too like presidential candidate Jill Stein, but nobody as well known as
When we look at musicians, we would probably have a list that would never end.
But over the years, there have been some high-level bands and singers in this state.
Probably the most famous to come here was Paul McCartney, who played a concert in the Fargodome in July 2014. During that concert, he played a number of tunes that he and John Lennon wrote while they were Beatles.
In the spring of 1997 after
Others have made their mark as well such as Elton John and Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane.
So when we think we are a frozen, forgotten place, think again. Lots of famous people have been here and more will come.