Famous People from Indiana

Can you name these famous Hoosiers based on a short clue?
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Last updated: December 21, 2019
First submittedApril 4, 2012
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Clue
Hometown
Answer
Singer known as "The King of Pop"
Gary
Michael Jackson
Boston Celtics legend
French Lick
Larry Bird
President who was born in a log cabin in Kentucky,
but grew up in Indiana
Perry County
Abraham Lincoln
"Slaughterhouse-Five" author
Indianapolis
Kurt Vonnegut
Chair-throwing Indiana basketball coach
Bloomington
Bob Knight
Vice President and potato misspeller
Huntington
Dan Quayle
Popcorn tycoon
Brazil
Orville Redenbacher
Guns N' Roses singer
Lafayette
Axl Rose
Star of the "Great Escape" and "Bullitt"
Indianapolis
Steve McQueen
New York Times crossword puzzle editor
Crawfordsville
Will Shortz
Founder of an Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company
Indianapolis
Eli Lilly
Late night host with a Top 10 list
Indianapolis
David Letterman
He left Indiana to fry chicken in Kentucky
Henryville
Colonel Sanders
Singer of "Jack & Diane" and "Small Town"
Seymour
John Mellencamp
"De-lovely" songwriter
Peru
Cole Porter
Actor who stars as Kylo Ren in Star Wars episodes VII - IX
Mishawaka
Adam Driver
Creator of "Garfield"
Fairmont
Jim Davis
Yankees legend known as "Donnie Baseball"
Evansville
Don Mattingly
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Level 66
Jun 22, 2012
Really surprised that 17 percent got will shortz
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Level 83
Dec 27, 2014
JetPunkers are reasonably likely to be crossword puzzle fanatics, no?
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Level 79
Jun 28, 2017
Never heard of him before this.
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Level 65
Sep 25, 2019
Will Shortz is definitely a celebrity among crossword fiends. He attended the University of Indiana, which has (or at least had) a program permitting students to create and pursue their own majors. Shortz created a major for Enigmatology, the study of puzzles, and designed the curriculum himself. I think he is the only known person with that degree. Imagine telling your parents you are going to major in puzzles! Good for him though. He has just about the highest-profile puzzle job there is, so he obviously knew his calling at a young age.
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Level 67
Sep 25, 2019
I like crosswords but the main reason I got this was because of how I met your mother, Ted is a huge fan of will shortz and actually meets him in one episode (where he plays himself)
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Level 82
Oct 17, 2019
Some of us more low-brow types got him from the Simpsons. He was on an episode of that as well.
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Level 89
Dec 28, 2014
Should accept John Cougar because that was the name he performed under when "Jack & Diane" was recorded/released.
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Level ∞
Dec 28, 2014
Okay
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Level 58
Dec 28, 2014
Anyone else at first puzzled by these odd "clue" words... Gary, French Lick, Brazil, Peru... Oh, they're the bizarre names of towns in Indiana!
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Level 14
Mar 10, 2015
We also have a Gnaw Bone Indiana!
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Level 61
Feb 15, 2018
Bee Hive, Indiana. Bramble, Indiana. Carp, Indiana.
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Level 65
Sep 25, 2019
I seem to remember French Lick being particularly funny to me when I was twelve and listening for school closings. It just sounded so dirty to me.
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Level 14
Mar 10, 2015
You should have added Jim Davis which the creator of Garfield. He and James Dean both are from Fairmount.
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Level ∞
Sep 22, 2019
Added Jim Davis. James Dean moved to Santa Monica when he was six so I didn't add him.
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Level 41
Oct 7, 2019
Although James Dean did move to California as a child, he moved back to Indiana at age 9 to live with relatives after his mother died. He lived there for the rest of his childhood and graduated from Fairmount High School.
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Level 34
Jan 17, 2017
You should Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) now - he's from Mishawaka.
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Level ∞
Sep 22, 2019
Okay
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Level 68
Sep 25, 2019
Thanks a lot! Kept me from 100%.
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Level 68
Sep 25, 2019
I know that hundreds could be added depending on how obscure you want to get, but I think famous enough would be Benjamin Harrison, Red Skelton, and Eugene V. Debs. (I would personally add Strother Martin, greatest actor ever!)
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Level 65
Sep 25, 2019
+1 for Debs.
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Level 65
Sep 25, 2019
Suggest including Byrd as an alternate spelling given that is the usual spelling of that name, although apparently not the way Larry spells the name.
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Level 65
Sep 25, 2019
Man, can you let Will Shortz go without the Z at the end? I feel like this should fall into the plurals rule somehow.
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Level 69
Feb 23, 2020
Made me smile to to simply type in Knight. One poor student got attacked by Coach Knight fr addressing him as such, which ultimately lead to his departure from Indiana.
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Level 69
Feb 23, 2020
I'd suggest Reddenbocker as a type-in.
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Level 69
Apr 15, 2020
Lew Wallace should be on here (in my opinion). He was a civil war general and also wrote Ben-Hur, the famous novel.
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Level 72
Oct 26, 2020
Could you please include John Green?