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 RecordRick 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 chairGerry Cooney, Fanwood, Two-time boxing heavyweight contender
Fairleigh Dickinson*, Rutherford, Co-Founder of Fortune 500 company Becton Dickinson, benefactor of Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityEli 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 BrandsRobert 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 AuthorityVivian 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 FamilyDr. Virginia Apgar*, Westfield, Anesthesiologist and inventor of the Apgar Score
Stephen Crane*, Newark, Author of The Red Badge of CourageSister 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 speakerAlfred Driscoll*, Haddonfield, 43rd Governor of New Jersey and president of Warner-Lambert
Mort Pye*, Tewksbury, 31-year editor of The Star-LedgerMilton 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!
The NJ Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization honoring citizens who have made invaluable contributions to society, to New Jersey, and to the world beyond. Since 2008, the NJHOF has hosted 10 ceremonies for over 140 incredible recipients. The NJHOF wants to show schoolchildren that there are significant and impactful role models from our state and send these young kids away with the message that they can, and should, strive for excellence.
For more info on the New Jersey Hall of Fame  CLICK HERE.
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