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:

  • 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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    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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