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Legendary Locals of Peoria by Greg Wahl

By Greg Wahl

Peoria harkens again to the 1670s glory days of the French voyageurs and have become the now-familiar face of Americana�its townsfolk have touched each point of nationwide and overseas lifestyles, frequently considerably. In comedy, Fibber McGee and Molly, Charles Correll, Richard Pryor, Sam Kinison, or even Bishop Sheen along with his witty homilies have made Peoria the �Habitat of Humor.� Betty Friedan�s the female Mystique jump-started the Nineteen Sixties feminist move, whereas Philip Jos� Farmer�s The fanatics rocked the Fifties sci-fi universe. Dr. C.T. Vivian, Dr. Romeo Garrett, and John Gwynn Jr. held the frontline opposed to racism. Representing the easiest of society�s center values, Barb and Dick Hammond based pals of the youngsters of Haiti, a clinical association tending to the year-round wishes of the earth�s poorest. And unheralded invoice Noel has shouldered the sorrows and burdens of others who've leaned on him for many years. in terms of the entire mythical locals, they play in Peoria . . . and the world.

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