Jordin Brianna Sparks of Glendale was declared the winner of the sixth season of the reality television show American Idol On May 23, 2007. At 17, this makes her the youngest winner in American Idol history. Jordin has many supporters and fans in Glendale who braved the heat to attend weekly viewing parties at Westgate as well as her "Welcome Home" party and parade. www.JordinSparks.com
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Thomas Bopp, along with Alan Hale, discovered the now famous Hale-Bopp comet which was one of the brightest seen in many decades. Tom was out with friends near Stanfield, Arizona observing star clusters and galaxies when he made the discovery. Tom lives in Glendale and works for a construction materials company. Read more about the discovery
Braxton lives in Glendale and has been swimming since the age of three. He is the youngest person to ever swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco's Aquatic Park (1.4 miles) in water that was in the mid fifties. He achieved this record on May 22, 2006, at the age of seven in 47 minutes. Then in July 2007 Braxton become the youngest person ever to swim around Alcatraz Island.
Marty Robbins (September 26, 1925 – December 8, 1982) was one of the most popular and successful American country and western singers of his era. For most of his nearly four decade career, Robbins was rarely far from the country music charts. Several of his songs also became pop hits. Robbins also made many starts in the NASCAR Winston Cup series. Robbins was born in Glendale and September 26th was named "Marty Robbins Day." Each year a tribute concert is held in his honor. www.MartyRobbins.com
Pellegrini was one of the original Munchkins and held two roles in the 1939 movie Wizard of Oz. She was one of the Sleepy Heads in the bird's nest, and also one of the gals who wore a flower pot hat. Ever since then, the flower pot hat has been her trademark. After the movie production, she continued a career including tap, hoola and fan dancing with several performance troupes. She also worked in a Chicago nightclub. She met her husband and got married in 1943, even though she only knew him for six weeks before the wedding. Their marriage lasted almost 40 years until he passed away in 1982. Throughout her life, the beautiful lady of miniature proportions has spent most of her efforts, time and love raising her family. She now lives in Glendale with her brother.
Paul Liewer (a.k.a. Santa Claus)
Paul unselfishly spent 30 years of his life visiting men, women and children in hospitals in the Phoenix area. Decked out in his custom-made Santa Claus suit, he presented women with stuffed bears and men with a Hot Wheels car. He told women the bears were house broken and only needed a name and friend. The story for men receiving cars was that Santa would pay for all the gas and the speeding tickets. Paul said, "The only thing we search for is a smile, and many times you don't get one so you say 'God bless you' and move on." Paul works as a pharmaceutical salesman, has a wife named Barbara and three daughters, Rachel, Allison and Jennifer. We ALL say thank you, Paul! (Source: AZ Central)
David Hernandez was born May 31, 1983, in Glendale, Arizona and was the 12th place finisher on the seventh season of American Idol. He began singing at age six. Hernandez was eliminated from Idol on the March 12 broadcast. (Source: Wikipedia)