Angie grew up in Cody, Wyoming (population 9,000) but I was born and raised in a small logging town of Gates, Oregon. After 21 years of service in the Air Force and many trips to Cody, we knew this is where we wanted to settle.
Despite having grown up in a small town, I had forgotten much over the years. One thing I learned quickly is that many small-town folks are far more educated, traveled, and accomplished than I ever would be. In fact, Cody happens to be one of those towns that attracts successful people looking to settle down after an accomplished life.
Governor Al Simpson lives here. I've met him many times at restaurants, Sleeping Giant Ski Resort, and the grocery store. Despite being one of the best Governors in recent history, he's very down-to-earth and you wouldn't know he was a famous politician.
Ed Baxter is a former arm wrestler that competed around the world in the 90's. He was world champion twice and holds six national titles and 50 state titles. He was born and raised here.
David Dominick was a young attorney that worked for a couple Wyoming governors before being called to Washington to head up the newly created EPA under Nixon. The NY Times wrote an article trying to figure out how this small-town nobody ended up in charge of a staff of over 5,000. He authored the Clean Water Act. I just finished reading his thesis last week and it was very interesting!
Gary Hogeboom, former NFL quarterback and contestant on Survivor, owns property near Cody and we used to manage it for him as a vacation rental.
Mike Johnson was a young manager when the McDonalds President noticed his store was the most efficient they had ever seen. They created a training program around his system and used it to train every single store in the country!
Eric Bischoff, former President of the World Championship Wrestling (remember NWO?), an author, TV producer, and eventually the creator of Buffalo Bill Cody Beer.
There are far too many successful folks to list here. I guess it should come as no surprise that such a beautiful town would attract so much success, particularly when we were founded by William F. Cody (aka: Buffalo Bill). I hope you've enjoyed this little taste of Cody, Wyoming!