There are a plenty of celebrities that are born and raised in Los Angeles or other notable prominent cities in California but did you know that Ridgecrest is the birthplace to a few noteworthy celebrities too?
I am sure you have probably heard of the pop rock band Blink-182. Did you know that the bassist and co-lead vocalist Mark Hoppus was born right here in Ridgecrest, California in 1972?
Mark Hoppus, who was really the face of Blink 182, has described Ridgecrest as being composed mainly of “geniuses, scientists, physicists…”. His father developed missiles and bombs for the Navy testing center.
In late 1964, almost a decade before Mark Hoppus, Ridgecrest would also become the birthplace to Lacy Barnes. Lacy would go on to compete in the 3 separate Olympics where she would win championships in the US women’s discus throw and become track and field champion in the 1988 and 1991 Olympics. She was also one of the top US finishers in the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta, GA.
So, fellow Ridgecrest residents, keep those dreams alive and your eyes open because you may pass by the next Mark Hoppus or Lacy Barnes at the new Walmart!