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31 August 2013

Their Roots Are Showing! Three Bay Area Celebs Find Out Who They Are

Saturday, October 26, 2013
7:00 p.m. Silent Auction of celebrity-signed memorabilia
8:00 p.m. Curtain Up!

Del Valle Theatre
1963 Tice Valley Blvd.
Walnut Creek, California 94595

Join us for an evening of excitement and surprise as we uncover the family histories of three Bay Area celebrities. Billy Beane, Vice President and General Manager of the Oakland Athletics; Natalie Coughlin, winner of twelve Olympic medals and the most decorated female medalist of all time; and Tim “Herb” Alexander, drummer for Grammy-nominated rock band Primus, will journey up their family trees before a live local audience.

Inspired by the television series, Who Do You Think You Are?Their Roots are Showing promises to be an entertaining look at the ancestors’ lives of our three special guests. Whether you’re a genealogy novice, expert or have no interest in it at all, you won't want to miss Billy Beane, Natalie Coughlin and Tim Alexander on their special night of discovery as they learn more about their family’s past.

Hosting the event will be Gianna Franco-Sutter, producer and television and radio reporter for CBS-5, 95.7 FM, and KCBS 740. Gianna will guide us through our celebrity's family history stories.

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William "Billy" Beane is Vice President and General Manager of the Oakland Athletics. Prior to his front office career, he played major league baseball as an outfielder. He joined the A's front office as a scout in 1990, and was named General Manager after the 1997 season. Beane is the subject of Michael Lewis' 2003 best-selling book on baseball economics, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, which was made into a 2011 film starring Brad Pitt as Beane.

Natalie Anne Coughlin Hall is an American competition swimmer and twelve-time Olympic medalist. In 2008 Coughlin became the first U.S. female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympiad, and the first woman ever to win a 100-meter backstroke gold in two consecutive Olympics. She has won a total of forty-eight medals in major international competition, including twenty-one gold, seventeen silver, and ten bronze medals spanning the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific Championships.

Timothy W. "Herb" Alexander is an American musician, best known as the former drummer for the Grammy-nominated rock band Primus. He’s also ranked No. 16 in Rolling Stone’s "Top 100 Drummers of All Time." Following his departure from Primus, he went on to form his own group, Laundry. Currently, he’s designing and making Steam Punk style lamps and functional art made from found objects and scrap metals for his business Forging Designs. He’s also still involved with his first love of drumming, working as an instructor both online and in-person.

Copyright © 2013 by Kathryn M. Doyle, California Genealogical Society and Library.