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click to enlarge Goose Gossage, Linda Purl (left), Cassandra Peterson (aka) Elvira, Tom Hamilton, Lon Chaney, Bob The Beast Sapp
  • Goose Gossage, Linda Purl (left), Cassandra Peterson (aka) Elvira, Tom Hamilton, Lon Chaney, Bob The Beast Sapp

Colorado Springs isn't exactly known as a fame factory. Nevertheless there are a few locals who have achieved notoriety.

Lon Chaney ("The Man of a Thousand Faces") was born here on April Fools' Day in 1883. Both of his parents were deaf-mutes, and he learned to entertain them with a silent acting/pantomime style that later proved the perfect training for a career in silent films, his most famous being Phantom of the Opera.

Tom Hamilton, bass player for the rock band Aerosmith, was born into an Air Force family here in 1951. But he wasn't here for long and there's no evidence to suggest that the band's song, "Dude Looks Like a Lady" was in anyway inspired by Little London, which can barely claim him as a native son.

Born in Manhattan, Kan., Cassandra Peterson -- famous as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the campy, vampy, cleavage-wielding hostess of B movies on late-night television -- grew up here and went to Palmer High School. Peterson also forged an acting career that includes appearances in films from Fellini's Roma to Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

Relief baseball pitcher Richard "Goose" Gossage was born here in 1951 and still calls Colorado Springs home. Gossage chalked up over 150 saves for the Yankees during his six-year tenure with the Bronx bombers and was a nine-time all-star. Several recreational facilities around town bear his name.

Actor Linda Purl (best known and the Fonz's girlfriend on Happy Days) didn't grow up here, but now calls Colorado Springs home and is active in The Colorado Festival of World Theatre, which will be bringing a variety of plays and renowned actors to Colorado Springs this year.

Former Mitchell High School football player Bob "The Beast" Sapp has made it big on the K-1 fight circuit in Japan.


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