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13 Persons in the South Dakota Hall of Fame:

Archie Moore

Real/Birth Name:
Archibald Lee Wright
Nickname(s):
The Old Mongoose
The Mongoose
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81, 4 days before his 82nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Professional champion boxing career. Light Heavyweight World Champion 1952-1959 and 1961. Movie The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. San Diego Hall of Champions 1956. South Dakota Hall of Fame 1996. Breitbard Hall of Fame 1956. Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame 2014. Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum 2018.
St. Louis Walk of Fame:
A star at 6648 Delmar Boulevard.

Billy Mills

Real/Birth Name:
William Mervin Mills
Also Known As:
Makata Taka Hela
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Native American, a member of the Ogala Lakota (Sioux) Tribe. Olympic Gold Medal 1964 games at Tokyo, in the 10,000 meter event. San Diego Hall of Champions 1970. United States Olympic Hall of Fame 1984. National Distance Running Hall of Fame 1999. Kansas Hall of Fame. South Dakota Hall of Fame 1980. American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame 1978. Presidential Citizens Medal 2012. Breitbard Hall of Fame 1970. National Track and Field Hall of Fame 1976. National High School Hall of Fame 1990. Theodore Roosevelt Award 2014.
Sacramento Walk of Stars:
A star at L Street; ceremony: 2017.

Bob Barker

Real/Birth Name:
Robert William Barker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
95
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV programs Truth or Consequences, The Price is Right. Hall of Famous Missourians 2007. South Dakota Hall of Fame 1980. Television Hall of Fame 2004. NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame 2008. Missouri Walk of Fame 2009.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6714 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Gary Owens

Real/Birth Name:
Gary Altman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

South Dakota Hall of Fame 1995. National Radio Hall of Fame 1994. NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame 1995. National Broadcasters Hall of Fame 1994.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6743 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio; ceremony: 20 May 1981.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

George McGovern

Real/Birth Name:
George Stanley McGovern
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Democratic candidate for president 1972. Pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber for 35 missions in World War II. History professor. US House of Representatives 1957-1961. Senator from South Dakota 1963-1981. The first UN Global Ambassador on World Hunger. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2000. South Dakota Hall of Fame 1994.

L. Frank Baum

Real/Birth Name:
Lyman Frank Baum
Also Known As:
Louis F. Baum
Floyd Akers
Laura Bancroft
George Brooks
Edith Van Dyne
Schuyler Staunton
John Estes Cooke
Suzanne Metcalf
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62, 9 days before his 63rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, basis for movie The Wizard of Oz. South Dakota Hall of Fame 2002.

Laura Ingalls

Real/Birth Name:
Laura Elizabeth Ingalls
Also Known As:
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90, 3 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

TV series Little House on the Prairie was loosely based on her stories in the Little House book series and her life. Missouri Wall of Fame. South Dakota Hall of Fame 1978. Hall of Famous Missourians 1993. Missouri Walk of Fame 2006. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame 1984.

Lawrence Welk

Real/Birth Name:
Lawrence Welk
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show The Lawrence Welk Show. Born in a German-speaking community, which was the origin of his accent. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1989. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Gennett Records Walk of Fame 2007. South Dakota Hall of Fame 1978.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6613 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 1601 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Myron Floren

Real/Birth Name:
Myron Howard Floren
Nickname(s):
The Happy Norwegian
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Accordionist. TV series The Lawrence Welk Show. South Dakota Hall of Fame 1994. Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame 1984.

Norm Van Brocklin

Real/Birth Name:
Norman Mack Van Brocklin
Nickname(s):
The Dutchman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback, punter. Teams University of Oregon, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles. As coach, teams Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons. University of Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame 1992. College Football Hall of Fame 1966. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1971. South Dakota Hall of Fame 1991. St. Louis Rams Ring of Fame. Eagles Hall of Fame 1987. Bert Bell Award 1960. Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. NFL Player of the Year 1954. NFL Player of the Year 1960.

Pat O'Brien

Real/Birth Name:
William Joseph Patrick O'Brien
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Usually played Irish roles as a policeman or roles as a priest. Movie Knute Rockne, All American. South Dakota Hall of Fame 1998.
Hollywood Walk of Fame:
A star at 6240 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 6240 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Sitting Bull

Real/Birth Name:
Tatanka Iyotake
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age:
59 or 60
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Of Sioux (Lakota) tribe. In Wild West show by Buffalo Bill Cody. South Dakota Hall of Fame 1978.

Tom Brokaw

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas John Brokaw
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NBC news anchor. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame 2008. South Dakota Hall of Fame 1991. Television Hall of Fame 2006. Presidential Medal of Freedom 2014.
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