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richard pryor and peoria, il

“Will it play in Peoria?” Why they selected Peoria as a testing ground for viability, I’m not sure. Peoria’s other claim to fame was being the world headquarters for Caterpillar Tractors. Go Cat diesel power!

Through the years, Peoria did give birth to a fair number of celebrities. Dan Fogelburg, Sam Kinison, and Richard Pryor. For those who don’t know, Richard Pryor passed away today from a heart attack.

Read more at The New York Times.