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By Rick Boston
Staff Writer 

Blair Co. Man Pens Book Celebrating Famous County Natives


Last updated 2/4/2021 at 12:42pm


Eric Shields holds a copy of his book, "They Came from Blair County," which shines a spotlight on famous county natives. Shields said given the wealth of talent to come out of Blair County, he was surprised to learn that nobody had ever put together a book like his before.

A fascination with celebrity along with an appreciation for local history has led to an Altoona man to publishing his first book.

"They Came from Blair County," authored by Blair County resident Eric Shields, profiles 31 Blair County natives who have achieved various levels of fame.

From film star Janet Blair and gossip columnists Hedda Hopper of Hollywood's golden age, to MMA fighter Charlie Brenneman and model Typhani Russo, Shields covers the spectrum of accomplishments from people who got their start in Blair County.

Shields, 51, said he had always had an interest in the celebrity cult...

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