I'm getting schooled again on the people who went to the same school as I did. My trivia question yesterday that asked which comedian/actor attended Santa Ana College brought several answers and most of them were correct.
The question was sparked by the appearance yesterday of Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen, who -- according to Jim Palmer -- played baseball at Santa Ana College, a community college about two miles from the neighborhood I grew up in, and an institution I attended briefly before heading off the a four-year college.
One of the first answers I got was from Dave, who thought it was Steve Martin, but I said he was incorrect. The answer I was looking for was Will Ferrell, but quickly realized with the help of some readers that Diane Keaton also fit the description. Well, turns out that Dave was right, too, and here's his response to my response.
Dave's take: Hey Pete, I went looking because I knew someone from SNL of the 70's went to Santa Ana and it was Steve Martin, before he went to Long Beach State.
"After high school graduation, Martin attended Santa Ana Junior College, taking classes in drama and English poetry. In his free time he teamed up with friend and Garden Grove High School classmate Kathy Westmoreland to participate in comedies and other productions at the Bird Cage Theatre, a theater concession inside Knott's Berry Farm. Later, he met budding actress Stormie Sherk, and they developed comedy routines while becoming romantically involved. Stormie's influence caused Steve to apply to Cal State Long Beach for enrollment with a major in Philosophy."
Pete's take: Funny thing is, I went to a site that listed the college's prominent students and Martin wasn't there, and I knew he went to Long Beach State, so I assumed Dave was wrong. Guess a quick run by Wikipedia would have saved me another serving of crow. Good job, Dave.
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