Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pick the N.J. Hall of Fame inductees


What do Aaron Burr, Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Dick Vitale and Brooke Shields have in common? 

Connections to New Jersey.

The New Jersey Hall of Fame has announced its 2013 nominees, all of whom lived in the state at some point. Members of the public can vote through May 3 to select the hall's sixth class.

There are 51 nominees in five categories -- arts and entertainment, sports, historical, enterprise and general. Those chosen will be announced in late spring and inducted later this year.

The diverse set of nominees includes:

Historical: President Grover Cleveland; founding father and Vice President Aaron Burr; film pioneer Alice Guy Blache; Revolutionary War figures Thomas Paine, Molly Pitcher, William Paterson and Richard Stockton; business executive Sarah Spencer Washington; activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Irene Hill Smith; and poet and journalist Joyce Kilmer.

Arts and entertainment: actors Alan Alda, Nathan Lane, Eddie Murphy, Joe Pesci, Joe Piscopo and Brooke Shields; music stars Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick and Dizzie Gillespie; and television pioneer Ernie Kovaks.

Enterprise: make-up artist and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown; business and arts executive Raymond Chambers; military colonel, business leader and school benefactor Fairleigh S. Dickinson; mental health advocate Dorothea Dix; civil engineer John Roebling; financial trailblazer Mary Roebling; inventor David Sarnoff; former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker; and chef Alice Waters.

Sports: NFL coach Bill Parcells; basketball broadcaster Dick Vitale; basketball stars Rick Barry, Carol Blazejowski and Willis Reed; boxing great Jersey Joe Walcott; track Olympians Joetta Clark Diggs and Mary Decker Slaney; football star Rosy Grier; Olympic figure skater and broadcaster Dick Button; and executive Sonny Werblin.

General: jounalist Connie Chung; philanthropist Doris Duke; economist Milton Friedman; sculptor J. Seward Johnson; former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean; writers Norman Mailer, John McPhee and Dorothy Parker; Congressman Peter Rodino; and news anchor Brian Williams. staff
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