San Diego ID8ers


Skateboarding, science and music -- this list of pioneers and innovators shows the diversity of San Diego.

Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) – The children’s author wrote The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who!, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and other books while living in La Jolla.

Tony Hawk – Born in Carlsbad and raised in San Diego, he has done more than anyone to legitimize and commercialize skateboarding.

Ray and Joan Kroc—More than anyone else, this couple behind McDonald’s is responsible for turning America into Fast Food Nation. Also owned the San Diego Padres.

Art Linkletter – This TV pioneer played basketball for San Diego State Teachers College (now SDSU) and worked as a radio announcer at KGB in San Diego.

Sally Ride – After becoming the first American woman in space, she was a professor at UC San Diego and founded Sally Ride Science in La Jolla, a program to encourage girls to succeed in science.

Eric Topol – The cardiologist and director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute is a pioneer in wireless and personal medicine.

Craig Venter – One of the first to sequence the human genome, the La Jolla resident is CEO of the eponymous institute in the same town.

Frank Zappa – The wildly creative and eclectic musician started his first band at Mission Bay High School.

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