Famous Entities From, In, and Around Hogtown
(Or: A great big glob of super-stars)
Gainesville has had its share of famous people originate or gravitate here.
Presented is a simple list of the more famous celebrities.
Gainesville has a very active local music scene. During the 80's
things were sorta dead but for the past 6-8 years, many local bands have
formed that have gained major followings throughout Florida.
Tom Petty - Before he became famous,
Tom Petty used to live in Gainesville, playing at various local clubs and
bars. He managed to get a major record contract and blazed to fame.
- Bo lived in Gainesville proper for a long time, but he moved to another
part of Florida some years ago. He still comes back to Hogtown regularly
to play concerts and benefits, including his anti-drug concerts at area
schools. He also did a commercial for a local used-auto store, and a few
promo bits for the defunct TV-69. Bo Diddley is
a literal rock'n'roll legend and has been inducted to the Rock Hall of
Sister Hazel - A local band that's
hit the big-time. There have been literally dozens upon dozens of local
bands in the past 10 years in Gainesville. Most have risen to mild stardom
before fading out or breaking up.
Less Than Jake - Another local band
that's popularity is picking up beyond Gainesville. They're new song "We're
All Dudes" can be heard in the TV ads for the new movie "Good Burger".
Subrosa - The re-formation of a band originally called For Squirrels that
broke up when several of the band members died in a car accident in 1995.
Subrosa has picked up where For Squirrels left off in terms of the rise
Harry Crews - Famous modern
literary author, who has resided in Gainesville, FL for many years now.
He teaches some English classes at UF.
True story: I used to work at convenience store. One day in
December, Harry Crews stopped by the store. He was wearing an all-black
sweat-suit, and had his glasses on a thin chain, hanging around his neck.
He bought a quart of eggnog (for a friend). I can legitimately say that
Mr. Crews is far less intimidating in person than in his publicity photos.
Martin Caidin - Famous Science Fiction author, who's
novel "Cyborg" was the inspiration for the 70's TV series "The Six-Million
Dollar Man". Martin has written a lot of excellent novels. One book,
"Prison Ship", prominantly features North-Central Florida as the setting
for the events, and even has some characters going to a concert in Gainesville!
Joe Haldeman - Another
famous Science Fiction author, probably most well known for his series
"The Forever War". He moved to Gainesville 6+ years ago and splits his
residing between here and Massachusetts, where he does some teaching at
Last Modified: October 13th, 1997
Jeff The Riffer aka Jeff Mercer / email@example.com