Who Made the NJ Hall of Fame This Year?
The latest inductees have just been announced!
The NJ Hall of Fame (NJ HOF) has just issued the official list of those who are being honored this go-round!
This is the incoming 'class' of 2019-2020 and we are so proud of all the amazing people that are connected with our great state.
Now usually I would be getting some amazing backstage interviews and footage of such an incredible, star-studded, red carpet event live from Convention Hall & The Paramount... BUT...Covid-19.
Soooooooo,,,the 12th annual induction ceremony will, for this year, be a 1-hour virtual pre-recorded event that will take place on Sunday, Oct. 18th, 2020 and will be broadcast on several social media channels and TV stations, so mark your calendars for that.
And now for the list, with a quote first from the chairman of the NJ HOF, Jon F. Hanson.
"These Garden State heroes perfectly represent what makes our state great. It's our privilege to honor these inductees for their outstanding contributions to our state."
Arts & Entertainment:
Danny Aiello*, Ramsey, Academy Award-nominated actor
John Amos, Newark, Roots and Good Times actor
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Princeton, Five-time Grammy award winner, singer-songwriter
Ed Harris, Tenafly, Multiple award-winning actor
Anne Hathaway, Millburn, Academy and Emmy Award-winning actor
Cissy Houston, Newark, Grammy Award-winning soul and gospel singer
Ernie Kovacs*, Trenton, Emmy Award-winning and influential comedian, actor and writer
The Nelson Family (Ozzie, Harriet and Ricky)*, Jersey City, Stars of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
Flip Wilson*, Jersey City, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning host of The Flip Wilson Show, comedian and actor
Enterprise: Sports: The Borg Family, Hackensack, Former owners and publishers of The Record Rick Barry, Roselle Park, NBA player named one of 50 greatest in history Linda Bowden, East Brunswick, N.J. regional president at PNC Bank and N.J. Chamber of Commerce board chair Gerry Cooney, Fanwood, Two-time boxing heavyweight contender Fairleigh Dickinson*, Rutherford, Co-Founder of Fortune 500 company Becton Dickinson, benefactor of Fairleigh Dickinson University Eli Manning, Summit, Former NY Giant quarterback and two-time Super Bowl MVP Steve Kalafer, Flemington, Chairman of the Flemington Car and Truck Country Family of Brands Robert Mulcahy, III, Mendham, Former athletic director of Rutgers University Joseph Simunovich*, West New York, Former Hudson County freeholder director and chairman of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority Vivian Stringer, Piscataway, Head coach of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team
Arts & Letters: Public Service: Charles Addams*, Westfield, Cartoonist and creator of The Addams Family Dr. Virginia Apgar*, Westfield, Anesthesiologist and inventor of the Apgar Score Stephen Crane*, Newark, Author of The Red Badge of Courage Sister Jane Brady, Paterson, Former president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Joyce Kilmer*, New Brunswick, Journalist, literary critic and poet best known for “Trees” General Martin Dempsey, Jersey City, Former Army general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USA Basketball chair Fran Lebowitz, Morristown, World-renowned author and public speaker Alfred Driscoll*, Haddonfield, 43rd Governor of New Jersey and president of Warner-Lambert Mort Pye*, Tewksbury, 31-year editor of The Star-Ledger Milton Friedman*, Rahway, Noble Prize-winning economist.
(*-Being honored posthumously.)
Also, sometimes the NJHOF throws a last-minute surprise at us and brings out someone who was once selected for the Hall but wasn't available at the time to make an appearance. So you just never know who else you might see!