Looking to represent state pride? Or maybe you’d just like to add more friends on Facebook so your ten-year-old cousin isn’t more popular than you are?
Find Interesting People From Wyoming on Facebook
Wyoming doesn’t often make it on the news, but that’s just because all the fun is happening on social media! If you’re interested in friending the coolest residents of the Cowboy State, then grab your spurs and buckle up, because here are 20 people worth a click.
1. John Perry Barlow
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Named by Time magazine as one of the world’s smartest musicians, John has done it all, including research at Harvard and lyric writing for The Grateful Dead. His Facebook is a delightful mix of jokes, observations and thought-provoking questions.
2. Travis Rice
Wyoming has a long and chilly history of churning out snowboarders, but few reach the kind of infamy enjoyed by Travis Rice, considered by many to be the “Paul Revere” of freestyling. Young and hip, he’ll keep you on the edge of your seat, if not the edge of a snowy mountain.
3. Todd Parr
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This children’s author is just as fun and whimsy as the books he creates, leading to some 16,000 followers giving him the thumbs-up of Facebook approval. If you’ve ever wondered about the density of black holes or the household uses of mac’n’cheese, Todd is ready to be your new guru.
4. Jennifer Nichols
Hail to the real-life Katniss! This three-time Olympic champion in archery is one of the most famous Wyomingites outside of Buffalo Bill, and her Facebook is like a shot of expresso to the weary and underachieving. You can’t watch her shoot a dozen bulls-eyes without feeling inspired to do something.
5. Dave and Dana
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This duo owns and operates Envy Photographics, a thriving business in Cheyenne, and they frequently put out requests for models, costumers and other local talent who’d like to see their work showcased before Envy’s thousands of friends and followers. Feel like posing?
6. Rulon Gardner
You may have seen him winning an Olympic gold medal in wrestling. You may have seen him as a contestant on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Neither will prepare you, however, for the fun of his Facebook, where inspirational fitness quotes are second only to behind-the-scenes pics of The Tonight Show. We wouldn’t want to wrestle him ourselves, but it sure is amusing watching other people do it!
7. Brett Keisel
If you care about the NFL and you haven’t friended Brett Keisel, you’re missing out on real-time updates about the league, the playoffs and the drawbacks of growing an extremely long beard.
8. Ashlynn Yennie
She made you sick in The Human Centipede, but in real life, Ashlynn is a beautiful, funny and vivacious actress who has no problem poking fun at the gross-out movie that propelled her to stardom. While you’re there, make sure to ask her about another sequel!
9. Cary Judd
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See the world through the eyes of an aspiring singer with Low Latent Inhibition (LLI), a rare condition that lowers one’s threshold for incoming stimuli but also boosts creativity and creates artistic wunderkinds.
10. Aaron Huey
Magic happens when Aaron Huey gets behind a lens, as evidenced by his prolific and ultra-successful career as a photographer for both National Geographic and Harper’s Magazine. It should go without saying that his social media accounts are full of breathtaking images from around the world, but if you need us to say it anyway… his photos are really, really gorgeous.
11. Dr. Mary Neal
A kayaking accident sent this orthopedic surgeon tumbling into the frigid waters of South America. Minutes later, after her body was retrieved but presumed dead, she came back to life with an amazing story of angels and divine light. Christians won’t want to miss her Facebook, a central hub of spirituality, devotionals and community spirit.
12. Felicia Follum
A rising artist and activist, Felicia Follum wields social media as a tool for good, keeping her followers updated on the world through Facebook, PinInterest and Blogspot. She embodies the phrase “be the change you wish to see in the world,” so if you’d like global coverage of social justice issues from a Wyoming local, here’s the one-woman powerhouse for you.
13. C. J. Box
If you’ve never heard of the Joe Pickett series, don’t worry: You only need to read thirteen books to catch up. In the meanwhile, amuse yourself with the Facebook of his creator, a whip-smart intellectual who has hordes of wide-eyed fans breathlessly awaiting his every update. Who knows, you might even learn something yourself!
14. Spencer Bohren
Live vicariously through this American grassroots musician as he completes a grand tour of America. His home is in Wyoming, of course, the best state ever, but we can leave the porch light on until he returns.
15. Kathleen O’Neal & W. Michael Gear
The literary scene wouldn’t be the same without this married pair of co-authors, but even more than their contributions to literature, their clear love for one another on Facebook will serve as a calming counterpoint to all the bitter arguments of your friends, co-workers and crazy uncles.
16. Kirby Heyborne
As an actor, musician and comedian, there’s always something happening with Kirby, which makes his timeline a razzle-dazzle experience for anyone with the slightest interest in the arts. Whether he’s promoting a theater show or hawking his own CDs, you’re sure to be entertained!
17. Jeremy Fugleberg
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Jeremy Fugleberg knows his way around a paragraph. As a writer for the Casper Star Tribune, his updates are some of the most refreshingly literate on Facebook, even when he’s talking about weird local events or waiting in line at Starbucks. If only our relatives had the same command of the shift key…
18. Craig Johnson
It’s good to see Wyoming represented on the small screen, and Longmire deserves every bit of its success, but did you know that the show is actually based on a book series by a Ucross native? That’s right: Craig Johnson took scenes from his own life and transformed them into the dusty gun-slinging thriller you can currently catch on A&E. Yeehaw!
19. Nate “The Great” Marquardt
Nothing gets you pumped like the motivational updates of a four-time MMA champion. The next time you just can’t drag yourself out of bed for that morning jog, hit Nate’s Facebook and let him change your mind.
20. Diane Shober
As the Executive Director at the Wyoming Office of Tourism, you won’t find anyone who loves our home more than Diane Shober. Her enthusiasm and expertise have landed her interviews everywhere from the local papers to national news organizations, and she uses that time wisely, praising her native state and encouraging others to come visit. For passion, dedication and a news feed that’s never anything but Wyoming-positive, Diane Shober is definitely a Wyomingite to know.