Famous People from Oregon

Can you name these famous Oregonians based on a short clue?
Quiz by GeoPunk
Last updated: January 8, 2020
First submittedMay 16, 2012
Times taken1,972
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High jump "flopper"
Dick Fosbury
Creator of "The Simpsons"
Matt Groening
"Fight Club" author
Chuck Palahniuk
Nancy Kerrigan rival
Tonya Harding
Great Depression president
Herbert Hoover
Nike chairman
Phil Knight
Kurt Cobain's wife
Courtney Love
Children's author, first name Beverly
Beverly Cleary
Director of "Fight Club" and "The Social Network"
David Fincher
LSD-influenced author who led the Merry Pranksters
Ken Kesey
Author of "Into the Wild" and "Into Thin Air"
Jon Krakauer
Nobel winner in Chemistry and Peace
Linus Pauling
American middle distance runner who died
in a car crash in 1975
Coos Bay
Steve Prefontaine
Former strong safety for the Steelers
Troy Polamalu
Level 62
May 16, 2012
No Gus Van Sant?
Level ∞
May 16, 2012
Only 12% got David Fincher, and I think Gus Van Sant would be even less well-known!
Level 55
Mar 11, 2016
River Phoenix is quite well known to be from Madras Oregon as well.
Level ∞
Sep 22, 2017
Born there, and then moved away shortly thereafter.
Level 62
May 16, 2012
Or Ursula K. LeGuin?
Level 59
May 16, 2012
Really should add Steve Prefontaine, USA's premier distance runner in the early 70s, from Coos Bay
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May 20, 2012
Thought about it, but couldn't write a good clue. The only reason I know about him is because I remember seeing a movie called "Prefontaine" on the shelves of Blockbuster once.
Level 71
Jun 25, 2016
Agreed. When I think of famous Oregonians, Steve Prefontaine is the first to come to mind.
Level ∞
Sep 22, 2017
Added him. In bad news, I've decided to de-feature this quiz since it gets taken less than 1 time per day.
Level 55
May 13, 2014
I loathe Kesey's work.
Level 77
Jan 9, 2015
I enjoyed One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which IMO would have been a better clue for him. Also thought the Linus Pauling clue was too vague. I know who both of them are, but the clues just didn't ring my brain bell.
Level 29
Aug 23, 2015
Herbert Hoover was born in Iowa, and was elected from California. What is his connection to Oregon?
Level 80
Jan 21, 2017
Well, internet knows the answer if you really wanted to know.

After his parents died, he lived with his uncle in Oregon from age 11 to 17 when he moved to Stanford university.