Owatonna's Adam Young, known throughout the world as Owl City, has made quite the name for himself. He has had some of his songs make it into hit movies.

Zack Snyder tapped him to compose a theme song for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, while he contributed and performed “When Can I See You Again?” for Disney’s Academy® Award-winning animated blockbuster Wreck-It Ralph. Other placements span The CroodsVeggieTalesSmurfs 2, and more.

His very first hit, "Fireflies" went 7 times platinum and was #1 in 26 countries! Not too shabby for a young man from our small town. Now, "Fireflies" is 10 years old, and that got us to thinking what else was going on in our great State and Country 10 years ago.

  • The Viral Video: JK Wedding Entrance Dance... The wedding procession for Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz of St. Paul, Minnesota, choreographed to the song Forever by Chris Brown.
  • The Top Song was I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
  • The Big Movies included Avatar, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Price of a postage stamp in 2009: 44 cents
  • Price of a gallon of gas in 2009: $2.40
    XBox360 60GB Pro: $249.00
    Women's Nike running shoe: $84.99/pair
  • The World Population was ~ 6,780,000,000
  • Silly Bandz were the must-have bracelets for trading and collecting 2009-2011.
  • Michael Jackson passed away.
  • November 7, 2009 - November 13, 2009: Owl City - Fireflies was the Number One song.

Now, if we could get those cheaper gas prices again, I would be happy! You can also check out his video filmed partly in Hope for his song "New York City."

Sources: Pop-Culture US Owl City Music