3 Famous People From Eugene, Oregon

Matt Lillywhite

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It's no secret that Eugene is one of the most amazing places to live in Oregon. After all, it's surrounded by incredible scenery, wildlife, and many other things. In my opinion, it's certainly one of the best places in the country to live. Clearly, I'm not the only one who thinks that. So here is a list of several famous people who have called Eugene home:

Jon Anderson

Jon Peter Anderson was born October 12, 1949 and has spent his entire life in Eugene, Oregon. He was a publisher and marathon runner who won the Boston Marathon in 1973. From 1966 to 1984, Anderson competed in long-distance running. As a member of the 1972 US Olympic track and field team, he represented the United States.

Anderson qualified for the 1972 US Olympic track and field team in the 10,000 meters event at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, after graduating from Cornell in 1971. At the time, his father, Les Anderson, was the mayor of Eugene. Anderson surprised everyone by passing Jack Bacheler in the final 50 meters of the race, making up more than eight seconds on Bacheler in the last lap to secure the third spot on the US Olympic team in front of home supporters. Just two weeks before, he had finished sixth in the AAU 10,000m in Seattle. Anderson competed in the 10,000 meters at the Munich Olympics, finishing eighth in his heat in 28:34.2, a personal best, but failing to qualify for the final.

Stanley G. Love

Stanley was born in San Diego, California on June 8, 1965. He has, however, confirmed that Eugene, Oregon is his hometown. In 1983, Love graduated from Eugene, Oregon's Winston Churchill High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, in 1987, and M.S. and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Washington in 1989 and 1993, respectively.

In June 1998, Love entered NASA and began training in August of that year. Love attended both basic and advanced astronaut candidate training. For Station Expeditions 1 through 7, as well as Space Shuttle missions STS-104, STS-108, STS-112, and STS-132, he worked as a CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) in Mission Control. Love flew in orbit for the first time in 2008 with the STS-122 crew onboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, logging over 306 hours in space, including two spacewalks. On February 7, 2008, the mission started and concluded on February 20, 2008.

Dan Fouts

From 1973 to 1987, Daniel Francis Fouts was the quarterback for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). From 1979 to 1982, he led the NFL in passing yards for four consecutive years and became the first player in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. During his career, the Chargers made it to the AFC Championship Game twice, but never to the Super Bowl.

Dan Fouts was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 after being named to the NFL's All-Decade Team in the 1980s. He was a color analyst for NFL games on CBS television and Westwood One radio and remains in Oregon.

Eugene is an inspiring place that has produced countless amounts of famous people who have impacted the world in a meaningful way. Let's hope that in the future, Eugene can continue its streak of greatness!

Who's your favorite person who lives in Eugene? Let me know in the comments below.

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