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6 Pure Michigan Moments: Tim Allen’s Connection to the Mitten State

You’ve probably heard about his college days and legal troubles- here are 6 other things that connect Tim Allen to Michigan.

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Tim Allen fans may remember the Western Michigan University sweatshirts the Tool Man wore on Home Improvement- Tim Allen’s Michigan roots go much deeper than that. Here are 6 ways Tim Allen is connected to the Great Lakes State:


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1

The College Days

 

 

Yes, Tim graduated from Western Michigan University in 1976 with a degree in communications but did you know he was also a Chip? Central Michigan University is where Tim first enrolled, transferring to WMU in 1974.

 

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2

On the air in Kalamazoo

 

 

Long before he flew through the air as Buzz Lightyear, Tim was on-the-air at Western Michigan University’s campus radio station WIDR.

 

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3

Lauded laureate

 

 

Tim Allen’s alma mater, Western Michigan University, awarded him an honorary Fine Arts degree and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1988.

 

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4

Growing up

 

 

When he was 13, Tim’s family moved from their home in Denver, Colorado to the Detroit suburb of Birmingham, Michigan. Allen attended Seaholm High School- “Go Maple Leafs!”

 

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5

Go ahead, I dare you!

 

 

Tim Allen’s standup comedy career started right here in Michigan…on a dare. A friend challenged him and Tim took the stage for the first time at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak.

 

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6

There’s no place like home

 

 

Starting in 2009, Tim Allen became the voice of the Pure Michigan tourism campaign.

 

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