Historian, writer and research consultant David Votta has worked as History Librarian & Archivist for the Capital Area District Library since 2004. Previous to CADL he was employed at the Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library/Archives and as a freelance reporter for NPR affiliate WDET in Detroit. He has studied at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia and currently serves on more boards and commissions than he would like to think about.

5 responses to “Lost Lansing: Burt Reynolds Native Son (and now Wikipedia agrees)”

  1. Wednesday, February 9, 2011 | LansingandBeyond.com

    […] We Have Proof! . . . Burt Reynolds was born in Lansing […]

  2. Gene Hashley

    Another great article, David. Keep them coming.

  3. jo

    I am told that his relations are in Bellevue Nebraska , my mother said as cousins they played.
    Her name Tiller , and her mother’s maiden name Davis. I believe he was born in the mid west.
    Even though they had requested him to show up to his uncles funeral { Wayne Davis} he did not show. I heard Uncle Wayne was his favorite.
    That is all I know.
    Maybe check out some thing in this area.

  4. nagoybog

    Actually Burt being born Waycross stems alot further back than Stroker Ace. In ALL of Burt’s early interviews on such shows as Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, and even on is first appearance on the Carol Burnett show, Burt himself is the one that says he was born in Waycross. Also if you check with the Screen Actors Guild, his personally listed his birthplace as Waycross with them. The only person responsible for portraying his birthplace as Waycross is Burt. Also if you ever watch the interviews, he never says he lived in Waycross. He only states that he was born in Waycross as his family was traveling through. Doesn’t seem as though you did your research good enough. I would also like to mention. In his autobiography he only speaks of childhood in Lansing. He never mentions where he was born.

  5. Ron

    I know for a fact that Burt Reynolds lived in Merrit MI for 2 or 3 years. His 3rd grade teacher was Ms. Jean Davis who just happened to be my aunt (my fathers oldest sister). When Burt somehow learned that she was ill with cancer, he sent her a lovely note and a dozen roses. His kind act made the news in Houghton Lake MI and the article is forever a family keepsake.
    Burt also donated a sum of money to a town park project in Merrit in the 90’s.