Yet neither city can claim to produce the most Joe troopers per capita. There is one Joe for every 25,000 people in Providence, and one for roughly every 850,000 people in metro Chicago. Of all the cities that can lay claim to multiple Joes, none has a higher ratio than Hibbing, Minn., a city of 16,000 in the state's northern reaches that is the birthplace of Tormod S. Skoog and David L. Katzenbogen, aka Tripwire and Bazooka.
Hibbing children are given long leashes to explore from the town fathers, perhaps because so many of their progeny had achieved such great success later in life. Hibbing produced sports Hall of Famers Kevin McHale and Roger Maris, and renowned musicians Gary Puckett and Robert Zimmerman -- better known as Bob Dylan. Though Skoog and Katzenbogen lack the broad name recognition of their town's other notable natives, they don't lack their town's respect. Both made significant contributions in G.I. Joe's conflict with Cobra, and they were a perfect complement as team members, with the clear-headed, decisive Bazooka's explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) skills the yin to the cerebral yet jittery explosive handler Tripwire's yang.