Clark County Celebrities
Author Amy Roloff will be the featured speaker Monday at Clark College during a daylong event, “History and Bias Encoded in Language.”
Camas — Native son Jimmie Rodgers performed two 90-minute concerts at Journey Community Church on Sept. 25, to benefit Loaves and Fishes and its Meals on Wheels program. Rodgers, born in Camas in 1933, learned music from his mother and became a chart-topper in the late 1950s and early 1960s with hits such as “Honeycomb,” “Oh-Oh, I’m Falling In Love Again” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.”
Jimmie Rodgers fans take note: He’s due back in Camas. One of the town’s most famous sons is heading home for a special visit this September.
B.G.’s Jonathan Jackson, a star of ‘General Hospital,’ says shows still have a future
Changes to how Americans watch television could have profound consequences for an actor, musician and writer from Battle Ground. Jonathan Jackson, who had a six-year run on “General Hospital” beginning when he was 11, returned to the show in 2009 to reprise the role of Lucky Spencer, a part he originated.
Summer has been more than a little hectic for Vancouver singer Katelynne Cox. In the past two months, Cox has played in more than 10 states as part of her “Making an Impact” tour with Garrett Godsey.
When former Vancouver resident José Rubio agreed to sing the national anthem at an event at the Santa Barbara, Calif., Polo & Racquet Club, he had no idea that he’d be performing for royalty. A few weeks before the charity polo match, which took place Saturday, Rubio learned that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would be in attendance, and that Prince William would be playing in the match.
B.G.’s Wolverton also pursues artistic endeavors
When it comes to political cartoons, there’s a fine line between pushing the envelope enough to interest people and being so edgy that newspapers won’t run your work. It’s a line Battle Ground cartoonist and artist Monte Wolverton has walked for the past 15 years. His left-leaning cartoons are syndicated to more than 850 newspapers worldwide, including The Columbian. They appear in the Daily News Los Angeles and in 100-200 other papers each week, and have run in the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.
Miss Washington USA Angelina Kayyalaynen may not have placed at the Miss USA Pageant, but it was still a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the 21-year-old Camas resident. “After the pageant is over and done with, only one girl wins, but what you take away are the memories and the friendships you make with the people you meet there,” Kayyalaynen said.
It was an extra special Father’s Day for Battle Ground actor, musician and writer Jonathan Jackson. He nabbed his fourth Daytime Emmy Entertainment Award, and brought his two older children on stage with him to accept it. The 38th annual Emmys were Sunday in Las Vegas, and Jackson, 29, won in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for his portrayal of Lucky Spencer on the ABC soap opera “General Hospital.”
Battle Ground’s Jonathan Jackson, 29, has won a Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award for his portrayal of Lucky Spencer on the ABC soap opera “General Hospital.” Jackson previously won three Daytime Emmys for the role, which he originated at age 11. He left “General Hospital” in 1999, and the part of Lucky was recast. Jackson reprised the role in October 2009.
Battle Ground — Battle Ground’s Jonathan Jackson, 29, has been nominated for his eighth Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award for his portrayal of Lucky Spencer on the ABC soap opera “General Hospital.” Jackson has already won three Daytime Emmys for the role, which he originated at age 11. He left “General Hospital” in 1999, and the part of Lucky was recast. Jackson reprised the role in October 2009.
Vancouver’s Lee Birchfield got his first gig as a paid Elvis Presley impersonator at age 13. Now the 29-year-old musician is about to compete against 25 of the top Elvis impersonators from around the world.
Vancouver man puzzled by early departure from reality TV show
If viewers of the ABC reality television show “The Bachelorette” were surprised by Jon Ellsworth’s decision to greet Ashley Hebert by throwing her over his shoulder, they’d have been shocked by his initial plan. Ellsworth originally planned to introduce himself to Hebert in a tear-away suit. He’d rip it off and be wearing nothing but a Speedo.
When TV audiences around the country tune in for the Miss USA Pageant on June 19, Washington’s representative will be ready. Since she was crowned Miss Washington USA last fall, Angelina Kayyalaynen has been preparing to compete for the national title in Las Vegas next month.
The Vancouver contestant was eliminated on the season premiere of "The Bachelorette."
The Columbian's Clark County Celebrities web page spotlights residents' brushes with fame, be they enduring, such as former Mousekeeter Cubby O'Brien's decades-long drumming career, or fleeting, such as a turn on "Wheel of Fortune."
Clark County is home to actors, including "One Tree Hill" star Bethany Joy Galeotti and "General Hospital" veteran Jonathan Jackson, authors such as Karen Kingsbury and Lisa Jackson and musicians ranging from Tom May to members of the band Enation. We've also got athletes -- NASCAR driver Greg Biffle grew up in Vancouver.
The area has had its share of reality television connections, as well. Locals have appeared on shows including "The Amazing Race," "Hell's Kitchen" and "Project Runway."
You'll find out more about the stars in our own backyard here on The Columbian's virtual Walk of Fame. If you have ideas about other local celebrities to include, contact our features department at email@example.com.