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The people’s encyclopedia anoints our local celebs

Saturday, March 17, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:22 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Wikipedia.org offers a “selected list” of the rich and famous with Columbia connections. Here’s how the Web site describes them (and some of our own commentary):

  • “Blind” Boone ... ragtime musician and composer
  • Darwin Hindman ... mayor and well-known supporter of environmental causes
  • Carl Edwards ... NASCAR driver
  • William Least Heat-Moon ... author of “Blue Highways” and other novels (Hey, Wiki, they are not novels)
  • Tim Kaine (MU, 1979) ... Governor of Virginia
  • Stan Kroenke ... Denver Nuggets owner and Wal-Mart heir (Via his wife, we assume)
  • Ken Lay (Hickman High School and MU) ... infamous former Enron CEO (maybe he should have taken more business ethics classes)
  • Bill Laurie ... former St. Louis Blues owner and Wal-Mart heir (He also married into the Wal-Mart kingdom)
  • Thorstein Veblen ... economist noted for introducing the concept of conspicuous consumption (He taught at MU, and in 1899 wrote the still influential “The Theory of the Leisure Class”)
  • Sam Walton (Hickman High School) ... founder of Wal-Mart
  • Norbert Weiner ... famous mathematician (He is best known for founding the field of cybernetics. Don’t ask us what that means. )
  • Mr. Angelina Jolie is a glaring omission. He attended the School of Journalism, but didn’t graduate. Go figure.


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