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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Factory of Fame

Posted November 18, 2009 9:11 a.m. EST

If North Carolina has a factory of fame it would have to be Wilmington. What in the world is in the water down there?

This week on WRAL’s Morning News on Fox 50 we have been saluting NC towns with famous residents. Wilmington has a wealth of celebrities.

Take a look at Wilmington’s list. Can you think of another town to beat it? Consider the following:

Though he was born in Brooklyn basketball superstar Michael Jordan grew up in the Port City.

Two of the greatest broadcast journalists of the 20th century were born in Wilmington: Charles Kuralt and David Brinkley.

Two NFL quarterback greats came out of Wilmington: Sonny Jurgenson and Roman Gabriel.

Harlem Globetrotters great Meadowlark Lemon was raised in Wilmington.

And Wilmington was also home to boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard.