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Born in MI - Famous People From Lansing, Michigan!

Updated on April 26, 2011

The state capital of Michigan, Lansing, is a wonderful place to live or visit. With such places as the BoarsHead Theater, Potter Park Zoo, and the Fenner Nature Center, there is always something to do and see.

However, did you know that some very prominent people are also from this exiting place? See if you recognize any of them!

Donald B. Keck
Donald B. Keck

Donald B. Keck

Inventor, Donald B. Keck, was born January 2, 1941, in Lansing, Michigan.

Mr. Keck and his team were responsible for the making of optical fiber, which is capable of carrying 65,000 times more information than conventional copper wire. This accomplishment has changed mankind for the better in some amazing ways. Over 90% of all of long-distance traffic in the U.S. is now carried over optical fiber with over 25 million kilometers being installed of Keck's original design. Scientists all over the globe worked feverishly to try to figure out a way to reduce light loss during transmission. None had been successful. Thankfully, Mr. Keck and his teams research and hard work paid off.

Mr. Keck received his B.S. in 1962, his M.S. in 1964, and a Ph.D. in 1967. All of his degrees were obtained through Michigan State University.

"Magic" Johnson
"Magic" Johnson

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr.

Former NBA athlete, Earvin Johnson Jr., nicknamed Magic, was born in Lansing, Michigan on August 14th, 1959. He was drafted by the L.A. Lakers in 1979, and altogether enjoyed a 13 year career. "Magic" retired on November 7, 1991, but reactivated his career on January 29, of 1996. He only stayed a short while the second time around, retiring again an for good on May 14, 1996.

Mr. Johnson spent his total NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers and his accomplishments during this time were astronomical and the envy of many athletes. He had a natural advantage, however, because of his 6' 9" frame. His height gave him the title of the tallest point guard in league history. Even so, at 255 lbs. it seemed liked "magic" the way he was able to move his large body with such agility.

Some of Mr. Johnson's accomplishments in the athletic world were winning the Most Valuable Player Award three times, the Finals MVP Award three times as well, he won a gold medal with the original Dream Team at the 1992 Olympics at Barcelona. He was a member of five championship teams and was a twelve-time All-star and nine-time member All-NBA First Team.

Steven Seagal
Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal

Actor, Steven Seagal, was born on April 10, 1951 in Lansing, Michigan.

Seagal married three times, the first to Miyako Fujitani in 1975. They divorced in 1986. The marriage produced two children. He married Adrienne La Russa in 1984, but the marriage was annulled. Finally, on September 5, 1987, he married Kelly LeBrock. The marriage produced three children. They divorced in 1996.

Seagal was known for his ponytail which was sort of his trademark. Other things he was known for was that in all of his films, he was seen holding a Colt M1911A1 semi-automatic pistol. Rumor has it that he also owns several of these in his own private collection. He is also known for using Aikido in fight scenes. In reality he is an Aikido-master 7th-Dan.

At one point, Seagal served as a body-guard. Some other interesting things about him includes that he is a vegetarian, is fluent in the Japanese language, and owns large large collections of guitars and samurai swords. He is a singer and guitarist and released an album in 2005 called "Songs From The Crystal Cave"

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      6 years ago

      You're welcome.

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      8 years ago

      I LOVE basketball players! im 37.

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      8 years ago

      i LOVE you magic!

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      9 years ago

      i know

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      James A Watkins 

      10 years ago from Chicago

      I grew up in Benton Harbor and one year they made it to the state championship basketball game. I went to the game and Benton Harbor was ranked # 1 I think. As I recall some kid scored about 50 points and we lost by about that same margin—at the time the most lopsided state championship game in history. That kid was Magic Johnson.

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      10 years ago

      what about Muhsin muhammad the w/r for carolina and rashad evans the ufc champ

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      11 years ago

      Also to state that UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has been living in Lansing since 2003 after transferring to MSU and he decided to stay.

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      Carisa Gourley 

      11 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Thanks, Harry, will check into it.

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      11 years ago

      I think there are quite a few people missing on this list. For example, Malcom X, Burt Renyolds, Jim Cash, Tim Buesfield, Chris Hansen, and Ransom Olds (the factories that actually made Lansing - Oldsmobile) just to name a few.

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      Faith Marie Dawn Penn 

      11 years ago

      I am doin a prject on Lansing,MI.If u have any imformation u would lik to give me

      please send it to thanku

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      Faith Penn  

      11 years ago

      Earvin "Magic" Johnson is cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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      Carisa Gourley 

      11 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Thanks for the input, Starrwriter!  Yes, you're right.  John Smoltz, player for the Atlanta Braves, graduated from Waverly High School in Lansing where he was an All-State in baseball and basketball.  However, I'm not sure if Lansing is his actual birthplace or not. 

      This was definitely worth noting!   I appreciate the comment!

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      11 years ago from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

      Didn't know about Seagal. What about John Smoltz? He pitched for Waverly.


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