Is Yorba Linda the home of the 2019 Orange County Laureate? Here are some details we learned of this Orange County City.
As anyone from the city might tell you, Yorba Linda is probably best known as the birthplace of Richard Nixon. In fact, the humble home originally built by the 37th president’s father, Francis A. Nixon, in 1912 still stands as part of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Birthplace. With the library drawing in the studious and the curious alike, it’s hard to question Nixon’s status as its most famous son.
However, it would be a mistake to say that Nixon was the city’s only notable resident. Ian Fowles, better known as Eagle “Bones” Falconhawk to fans of the music and TV franchise The Aquabats, was born in the town in 1979 and helped found the hardcore punk group Death by Stereo before playing guitar for the Bats. In addition to his extensive experience as a musician, Fowles has also penned A Sound Salvation: Rock N’Roll as a Religion, a book based on his master’s thesis.
Other creatives have roots in Yorba Linda as well. The Cheetah Girls’ Sabrina Bryan was also born and raised there. Funnily enough, Bryan, like Fowles, has become an author as well, finding time in between acting and singing to write the young adult novel Princess of Gossip.
Another female author local to the town was Jessamyn West, who wrote 16 books (the most well-known of which, The Friendly Persuasion, was turned into a film she wrote the screenplay for) and was related through her mother to – guess who – Richard Nixon.
As one can gleam from this bevy of performers and authors, there is a certain creativity that shapes the character of Yorba Linda. Feel free to tell us about anyone you know who possesses this creativity and remember to nominate them for the Orange County Laureate at 1888.center/laureate.
Written by Reggie Peralta. Please email us if you would like to recommend additional reading resources on this topic. For more information on this city please visit the following references:
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