From Duane Eddy to Margaret Sanger, here are 9 notable people from Steuben County
Steuben County covers roughly 4,000 square miles with a population of approximately 100,000 people. The county has seen its fair share of notable people come through the area.
Some are names you know and some are names you don't, but some may be surprising.
Here we’ve compiled a list of those locally grown names from your hometowns.
Duane Eddy is an American instrumental rock guitarist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer who is a native of Corning. is there any more information about his high school or ties to Corning?
Eddy's stardom rose in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when he had a string of hit records, including "Rebel-'Rouser," "Peter Gunn," and "Because They're Young."
Eddy won a Grammy Award in 1986 with Best Rock Instrumental "Peter Gunn."
Eddy had 15 top-40 singles from 1958 through 1963 and sold more than 100 million records worldwide in that span.
Thomas J. Watson
The former CEO of International Business Machines grew up in Campbell. Watson's father owned a lumber business in Painted Post, and Watson attended high school in Addison.
Watson oversaw IBM from 1914-1956, growing the company into an international force. He turned IBM into a highly-effective selling organization, based largely on punch-card tabulating machines.
He was the CEO of IBM for over four decades until his son Thomas Watson Jr. took over after his death in 1956.
IBM has grown into one of the world's largest employers, with over 345,000 employees as of 2020.
Charles Champlin, a world-renowned film critic and writer, is a native of Hammondsport. His family owned a winery that was closed during prohibition.
He co-founded the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and was an arts editor and critic for the Los Angeles Times.
Champlin spent 17 years at Life and Time magazines before joining the LA Times as entertainment editor and three-times-a-week columnist in 1965.
In honor of his film coverage and criticism, Champlin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.
Champlin graduated from Harvard in 1948 with a bachelor's degree in English.
Glenn Curtiss, the famous Aviation pioneer, was a Hammondsport native who was born in 1876.
Curtiss' innumerable contributions to early aviation include producing and selling the first private airplane, receiving Pilot’s License #1, design and construction of the first successful pontoon aircraft in America, invention of dual pilot control, and the design of retractable landing gear.
In 1908, Curtiss joined the Aerial Experiment Association, a pioneering research group, founded by Alexander Graham Bell at Beinn Bhreagh, Nova Scotia, to build flying machines.
Dan Finnerty, an actor and comedian, was born in Rochester but spent his youth in Bath.
He is the lead singer of The Dan Band, known for its covers of originally female-performed pop songs.
The band grew in popularity after film appearances in the Hangover and Old School.
They were featured as the house band on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and also made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the Late Late Show, and Last Call with Carson Daly.
Finnerty appeared over 15 times as a comedy correspondent on "The Jay Leno Show" and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Finnerty has 33 film credits to his name.
TV personality Edd Hall was born in Massachusetts, but grew up in Corning.
Hall was Jay Leno's announcer on the Tonight Show from 1992 to 2004, replacing Tonight Show announcer Ed McMahon after Johnny Carson retired.
He also appeared in hundreds of sketches on the Tonight Show.
After leaving the Tonight Show, he appeared as himself in the "Comic Book: The Movie," which was directed by Mark Hamil and released in 2004.
Some of his other credits include the Young and the Restless, Sullivan & Son and Kim Possible. He's also done multiple voice-over works and has worked on series on Netflix, Hulu, NBC and Nickelodeon.
Margaret Sanger, a woman's reproductive advocate, is a native of Corning.
Sanger led the first birth control movement in the early 20th century, and became an outspoken and life-long advocate for women’s reproductive rights during her lifetime.
Sanger spearheaded the effort that resulted in the modern birth control pill.
In 1914, Sanger launched her own feminist publication, the Woman Rebel, advocating for birth control and in 1916 she opened the first birth control clinic in Brooklyn.
In 1929, she formed the National Committee on Federal Legislation for Birth Control to lobby Congress for legislation that would permit doctors to prescribe birth control.
In 1936, the courts made it legal for doctors to prescribe birth control.
Actor Bill Pullman is a Hornell native and rose to popularity after starring in the popular movie Spaceballs.
Pullman got his start acting in Ruthless People, and has since gone on to star in films including The Accidental Tourist, Sleepless in Seattle, While You Were Sleeping, Casper, Independence Day, Lost Highway and Lake Placid.
He graduated Hornell High School in 1971 and then attended the State University of New York at Delhi and the State University of New York at Oneonta.
He currently plays detective Harry Ambrose in the USA Network mystery series the Sinner, which premiered in 2017 and has aired for three seasons.
The musician who's most known for being a drummer for the rock band the Offspring is a native of Arkport.
Parada began his drumming career in 1995 when he joined Los Angeles band World Pain on a recommendation from a future Korn drummer.
Parada has also been a drummer for Face to Face and Saves the Day and associated with the metal band Engine and Rob Halford's solo project Halford, and briefly played drums in the punk band Alkaline Trio.
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