Johnstown, PA
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Johnstown, PA
COOL FACTS
COOL FACTS ABOUT JOHNSTOWN

80,000 people make up the Greater Johnstown metropolitan area

In the late 1800s, Cambria Iron Company of Johnstown was the leading steel producer in the United States.

Charles Dickens visited Johnstown in 1842.

North American Hoganas High Alloys on Bridge Street in Moxham is the only manufacturer of electrolytic iron in the Western Hemisphere and the only manufacturer of dispersion-strength copper in the World.

During World War II, a number of local mills were used to make bomb shells and German P.O.W.s were used as labor.

The Johnstown Inclined Plane is the steepest vehicular inclined plane in the world.

George's Song Shop on Market Street Downtown is the oldest record store in the United States.

Slinky toys used to be made from steel that was produced in Johnstown.

Roxbury Park used to be called Luna Park and had a lake, a horse-racing track and an amusement park.

Crown American (Vine and Franklin Streets) and Zamias (Market Street) used to be two of the top three mall developers in the nation.

The casings for the atomic bombs dropped in World War II were made in Johnstown.

On March 16th, 1909, Bill Keenan of the Central Basketball League's Johnstown Johnnies scored 76 points against Alliance, Ohio.

MOVIES FILMED IN JOHNSTOWN

"Slapshot"
1977
Directed by Geogre Roy Hill
Starring: Paul Newman, Strother Martin, Jennifer Warren, Michael Ontkean

"All The Right Moves"
1983
Directed by Michael Chapman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson, Christopher Penn

MOVIES ABOUT JOHNSTOWN

"The Johnstown Flood"
1926
Directed by Irving Cummings
Starring: George O'Brien, Florence Gilbert, Janet Gaynor,
Anders Randolf, Max Davidson, Sid Jordan, Walter Perry

"The Johnstown Flood"
2003
Directed by Mark Bussler
Starring: Patrick Jordon, Charles King, Jennifer Lee Dake, Richard Dreyfuss

"The Johnstown Flood"
1989
Directed by Charles Guggenheim
Won Oscar Award in 1990 for Short Documentary Film
This movie is shown at the Johnstown Flood Museum


PEOPLE FROM JOHNSTOWN

Charles Bronson
Actor
Born November 3rd, 1921 in Ehrenfeld, PA as Charles Buchinsky
Died August 30th, 2003 in Los Angeles, CA of pneumonia and buried in Brownsville Cemetery, Vermont
Hollywood's first real tough guy / action hero
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000314/

Charles Wakefield Cadman
Classical music composer
Born December 24th, 1881 in Johnstown, PA
Died December 30th, 1946 in Los Angeles, CA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Wakefield_Cadman

Carroll Baker
Actress
Born May 28th, 1931 in Johnstown, PA

Joey Covington
Musician
Born in East Conemaugh, PA
Member of Jefferson Airplane / Jefferson Starship
http://www.joeycovington.com

Pat Cummings
Professional basketball player
Born July 11th, 1956 in Johnstown PA
http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/cummipa01.html

Steve Ditko
Cartoonist
Born November 2nd, 1927 in Johnstown, PA
Moved to New York City in 1950
Cartoonist and creator of Spiderman
http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/7941/
http://www.comic-art.com/bios-1/ditko001.htm

Pete Duranko
Professional football player
Born December 15th, 1943 in Johnstown, PA
Member of 1966 Notre Dame national championship football team
DE/DT for the Denver Broncos, 1967 to 1974

Alan Freed
Disc jockey
Born December 15th, 1921 in Johnstown, PA
Credited with coining the phrase "Rock n Roll"
http://www.alanfreed.com

Gary Lovetro
Musician
Born October, 1949 in Johnstown, PA
Founding member of and bassist for Strawberry Alarm Clock ("Incense and Peppermints", 1967)

Jack R. Ham
Professional football player
Born December 23rd, 1948 in Johnstown, PA
Linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, 1971 to 1982
NFL all-pro from 1973 to 1979
NFL defensive player of the year 1975
http://www.hickoksports.com/biograph/hamjack.shtml

Carlton L. Haselrig
Wrestler and Professional Football Player
Born January 22nd, 1966 in Johnstown, PA
National NCAA Division I and II heavyweight wrestling champion 1987, 1988, 1989
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers
NFL all-pro in 1992
http://www.hickoksports.com/biograph/haselrigc.shtml
http://www.wrestlinghalloffame.org/champions/?names&wrestler=1399

Artrell Hawkins
Professional Football Player
Born November 24th, 1976 in Johnstown, PA
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/4302/
http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/4302
http://cbs.sportsline.com/nfl/players/playerpage/12430

Tim Kazurinsky
Comedian
Born March 3rd, 1950 in Johnstown, PA
Performed on Saturday Night Live and appeared in three Police Academy films

John Terrance "Terry" McGovern
Professional Boxer
Born March 9th 1880 in Johnstown, PA
Died February 26th, 1918
http://www.hickoksports.com/biograph/mcgovernterry.shtml
http://www.mcgovernonline.com/ttery.htm
http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/boxing/mgovern.htm

Charles T. Menoher
Major General, U.S. Army
Born March 20th, 1862 in Johnstown, PA
Died August 11th, 1930
Commanded the U.S. Army, Pacific (Hawaiian Department) from 1924-1925

Louis A. Meyer
Writer
Born 1942 in Johnstown, PAhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.A._Meyer
http://clairdeloon.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22:-la-meyer-biography&catid=8:background-material&Itemid=10

Emil Sitka
Comedian/Actor
Born December 22nd, 1914 in Johnstown, PA
Died January 16th, 1998
Best known as the "Fourth Stooge"
http://www.emilsitka.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emil_Sitka

LaRod Stephens-Howling
Professional Football Player Born April 26th, 1987 in Johnstown, PA
Currently plays for the Arizona Cardinals

Michael Strank
Sergeant, USMC Born November 10th 1919 in Czechoslovakia
Died March 1, 1945 in Iwo Jima
Raised the American flag at Iwo Jima
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/6350/strank.htm
http://www.iwojima.com/raising/raisingc.htm
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/michaels.htm

Pete Vuckovich
Professional Bbaseball Player
Born October 27th 1952 in Johnstown PA
Cy Young Award Winner, 1982
http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=vuckope01
http://www.baseball-reference.com/v/vuckope01.shtml

Boyd David "Buzz" Wagner
1st Lt. USAAF
Born October 31st 1916 near Johnstown PA
Died November 29th 1942 near Eglin Field, Florida
Buried in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown PA
First American Ace of World War II
http://www.acepilots.com/pto/wagner.html
http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/history/wwii/lbdw.htm
http://www.geocities.com/airboss99.geo/BuzzBio.html
http://www.whoa.org/84/pasch/buzz/buzz.htm

SONGS ABOUT JOHNSTOWN

Rick Lang - Johnstown Flood
lyrics

Mack Moody - The Johnstown Flood (1963), Huntington, Vermont
lyrics

Joe Flynn - The Johnstown Flood (1889)
lyrics

Allen Norton Leete - Dan Peyton's Ride (1889)
lyrics


SONGS THAT MENTION JOHNSTOWN

Original: Bruce Springsteen - The River (1980)
Redone: The Clarks (2003)
lyrics

Bruce Springsteen - Highway Patrolman
lyrics

Marques Bovre - Tanqueray & Chrome
lyrics

Shut Up And Dance - Nightmare Of The Clowns
lyrics


BOOKS ABOUT JOHNSTOWN

"Official History of the Johnstown Flood"
1889, Pittsburg: Journalist Publishing Company
Written by Frank Connelly and George C. Jenks.

"History of the Johnstown Flood"
1889, Edgewood Publishing Company
Written by Willis Fletcher Johnson

"The Johnstown Horror or Valley of Death"
1889
Written by James Herbert Walker

"History of the Great Flood in Johnstown, Pa., May 31, 1889"
1889, J.S. Ogilvie
Written by J.S. Ogilvie

"Through the Johnstown Flood by a Survivor"
1890, Edgewood Publishing Company
Written by Reverend David J. Beale, D.D.

"The Story of Johnstown"
1890, James M. Place, Publisher
Written by J.J. McLaurin

"Johnstown The Day The Dam Broke"
1959, Redman
Written by Richard O'Connor

"Diasaster at Johnstown The Great Flood"
1965, Random Library
Written by Hildegarde Dolson and Joseph Cellini

"The Johnstown Flood Story"
1968
Written by George Gore, Jennerstown PA

"The Johnstown Flood"
1968, Touchstone Books
Written by David McCullough

"A Photographic Story of the 1889 Flood"
1974
Written by Harold H. Strayer and Irving L. London

"The Johnstown Flood July 20, 1977 Memorial Edition"
1977, C.F. Boone
Written by J. Ververs Cruse

"The Johnstown Flood of 1889: The Tragedy of the Conemaugh"
1984, Eastern Acorn Press
Written by Paula Degen and Carl Degen

"Johnstown: The Story of a Unique Valley"
1985, Johnstown Flood Museum
Written by William L. Glosser

"A Story of the Johnstown Flood"
1989
Written by R. Conrad Stein and David J. Catrow

"Johnstown Flood: The Day the Dam Burst (American Disasters)"
2003, Enslow Publishers
Written by Mary Gow

"The Saga of the Johnstown City Schools"
2003
Written by Clea P. Hollis and Leah P. Hollis

"Johnstown (PA) (Images of America)"
2004, Arcadia Publishing
Written by Lyndee Jobe Henderson and R. Dean Jobe

"Johnstown, Pennsylvania: A History Part I, 1895-1936"
2005, History Press
Written by Randy Whittle

"Johnstown Trolleys and Incline (PA) (Images of Rail)"
2006, Arcadia Publishing
Written by Kenneth C. Springirth

"Johnstown, Pennsylvania: A History Part II, 1937-1980"
2007, History Press
Written by Randy Whittle

"The Johnstown Flood, 1889 (Robbie Readers)"
2007, Mitchell Lane Publishers
Written by Dan Leathers

"The Johnstown Flood of 1889 (Great History Disasters)"
2008, Chelsea House Publishers
Written by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack