Michigan is home to many iconic brands including Better Made Potato Chips, Domino’s Pizza, Faygo, Ford, and more! But did you know that these inspiring people also called the Great Lakes state home?
Daniel Gerber (1898-1974)
Gerber was born and raised in Fremont, Michigan, and worked for his father’s business, the Fremont Canning Company. After having a child of their own, Gerber and his wife, Dorothy, suggested they begin selling hand-strained baby food. In 1927, this enterprise became Gerber Products Company and has expanded to include breastfeeding supplies, healthcare products and even a “Gerber Baby” contest. So, we can thank a Michigander for this annual dose of cuteness!
Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974)
Lindbergh was born in Detroit in 1902 and was an American aviator. He is best known for making the first solo, non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1927, which earned him the Medal of Honor. Lindbergh also wrote The Spirit of St. Louis, which won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1953.
Lily Tomlin (1939-present)
Tomlin was born and raised in Detroit where she attended Wayne State University and did stand-up comedy in nightclubs in Detroit. She is an acclaimed actress, securing awards and nominations from the Academy Awards, BAFTA, the Golden Globes, the GRAMMYs, and more. In addition to many big screen movie roles, she is also known as the voice of Ms. Frizzle on The Magic School Bus and currently stars in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie.
Jerome Bruckheimer (1943-present)
What do Flashdance, Top Gun, Bad Boys, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Pirates of the Caribbean all have in common? They were all produced by Jerry Bruckheimer! He was born in Detroit, Michigan, and worked in advertising (creative producer) before transitioning to film production.
Serena Williams (1981-present)
Serena Williams is a professional tennis player that was born in Saginaw, Michigan. Her family moved to California when she was young and that is where she started playing tennis at the age of four. Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles (the most of anyone in the Open Era) and has held the tennis world title of No. 1 in women's singles.