Peoria harkens back to the 1670s glory days of the French voyageurs and became the now-familiar face of Americana--its townsfolk have touched every aspect of national and international life, often significantly. In comedy, Fibber McGee and Molly, Charles Correll, Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison, and even Bishop Sheen with his witty homilies have made Peoria the qHabitat of Humor.q Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique jump-started the 1960s feminist movement, while Philip JosAc Farmer's The Lovers rocked the 1950s sci-fi universe. Dr. C.T. Vivian, Dr. Romeo Garrett, and John Gwynn Jr. held the frontline against racism. Representing the best of society's core values, Barb and Dick Hammond founded Friends of the Children of Haiti, a medical organization tending to the year-round needs of the earth's poorest. And unheralded Bill Noel has shouldered the sorrows and burdens of others who have leaned on him for decades. When it comes to all the legendary locals, they play in Peoria . . . and the world.Humbles played basketball as a Lincoln School fourth grader, becoming a phenom by the sixth grade; he scored 56 points in a 104-8 rout of Norwood Elementary. Entering Manual High in 1970, he was a sub for two years on the Illinois powerhouse Rams. Humbles ... He has been a championship-caliber player at the Tri-County Tennis tournament ever since, proving that talent can cross courts. Humblesanbsp;...
|Title||:||Legendary Locals of Peoria|
|Publisher||:||Arcadia Publishing - 2015-10-19|