Wikipedia is a gift to many and a bane to others. But it's hard to argue with the popularity and effectiveness of Wikipedia after the veritable death of encyclopedias.
A recent study by "The Pudding," a digital publication that uses visual essays to digest data, transformed all of that Wiki knowledge and data to present a "people map" of the country. City names are instead replaced by Wiki'ed residents -- people who were born in, lived in, or connected with particularly cities.
Here are the most Wikipedia'ed people for each of the major cities in Utah County. Some cities were excluded by The Pudding for lack of data. All information is provided by, you guessed it, Wikipedia.
-- Kurt Hanson, Daily Herald
Alpine: Jason Chaffetz
Chaffetz is a retired politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Utah's 3rd Congressional District from 2009 until his retirement in 2017. He chaired the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2015 until 2017.
Highland: Brandon Mull
Brandon Mull is an author best known for his children's fantasy series, "Fablehaven," as well as "Dragonwatch," "The Candy Shop War," the "Beyonders" trilogy, and the "Five Kingdoms" series. He also began the Spirit Animals series.
Lehi: Donald Gary Young
Donald Gary Young, who died in May 2018, was a businessman specializing in essential oils. He was the founder and CEO of Young Living, a Utah-based multi-level marketing company that sells essential oils and dietary supplements.
American Fork: Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson is a fantasy and science fiction writer. He is best known for the Cosmere universe, in which most of his fantasy novels, most notably the "Mistborn" series and "The Stormlight Archive," are set. He is also known for finishing Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series "The Wheel of Time." Sanderson was raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, before attending Brigham Young University, where he received degrees in English literature and creative writing.
Pleasant Grove: Todd Herzog
Todd Herzog (born January 29, 1985) is a former reality TV personality who became the winner of "Survivor: China" in 2007.
Lindon: Tyson Apostol
Tyson Apostol is a reality television personality, best known for his appearances on multiple seasons of the CBS reality television show "Survivor." Apostol originally competed on "Survivor: Tocantins" in 2009, returning as a villain on "Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains" in 2010. In 2013, he returned to the show for his third season, and ultimately went on to win the million dollar prize, on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water."
Saratoga Springs: Mia Love
Mia Love is a politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Utah's 4th Congressional District from 2015 to 2019. A Haitian American, Love was the first black female Republican elected to Congress.
Eagle Mountain: Noelle Pikus-Pace
Noelle Pikus-Pace is a retired skeleton racer who began her career in 2001. She won five medals at the FIBT World Championships, competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and won the silver medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Orem: Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough is a dancer, actress, and singer. She is a two-time professional champion of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." She was nominated for a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy in 2007 for Outstanding Choreography in season five of the show. Her first leading acting role was in the 2011 film remake of "Footloose." In September 2014, Hough joined "Dancing with the Stars" as a permanent fourth judge.
She also joined "America's Got Talent" as a judge in 2019.
Provo: Robert Redford
Robert Redford is a retired actor, director, producer and businessman. He is the founder of the Sundance Film Festival and has starred in dozens of films.
Springville: Billy Casper
Billy Casper was an American professional golfer. He was one of the most prolific tournament winners on the PGA Tour from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. He passed away in February 2015.
Mapleton: Wally Joyner
Wallace Keith Joyner is a retired Major League Baseball player. He played for four major league teams during a 16-year career, most notably for the California Angels, for whom he was an All-Star. He was a member of the pennant-winning 1998 San Diego Padres.
Spanish Fork: Lucky Blue Smith
Lucky Blue Smith is a model, actor and musician. He was scouted at the age of 10 and signed to an international modeling agency by the age of 12.
Jewel is a singer-songwriter, musician, producer, actress, author, and poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2015, has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Jewel was born in Payson.
Santaquin: Gary Coleman
Gary Wayne Coleman was an actor, comedian, and writer best known for his role as Arnold Jackson in "Diff'rent Strokes." After a successful childhood acting career, Coleman struggled financially later in life. In 1989, he successfully sued his parents and business adviser over misappropriation of his assets, only to declare bankruptcy a decade later. On May 28, 2010, Coleman died of a subdural hematoma at age 42.