What does the Grateful Dead have to do with Poughkeepsie?

things you might not know about cop

What does Scrabble, the Grateful Dead, bad B movies, and Nike have to do with the City of Poughkeepsie?  Read on and you’ll find out.

Alfred Mosher Butts was born in the City of Poughkeepsie on April 13, 1899 and he is the man who created the board game Scrabble!  He died in Rhinebeck in 1993.

Carolyn Garcia (aka Mountain Girl), ex-wife of Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia, was born in the City of Poughkeepsie on May 6, 1946.  She is also a graduate of FDR High School in Hyde Park, NY.

Low budget and sexploitation movie maker Ed Wood was born in the City of Poughkeepsie on October 10, 1924.  Johnny Depp played him the 1994 movie “Ed Wood“.

Last but not least –

Mark Parker, CEO of Nike, was born in the City of Poughkeepsie on October 21, 1955.

I had no idea that these people were born in the Hudson Valley, I guess that growing up in the Hudson Valley can lead to amazing things!  Remember to eat local, shop local, explore local, and insure local with Hudson Valley Agents.