Next Class Announced For NJ Hall Of Fame [PHOTOS]
The newest inductees into New Jersey’s Hall of Fame include late `Superman’ actor Christopher Reeve, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and New York Giants owner Wellington Mara.
Others winning induction into the hall this spring include actor Michael Douglas, jazz singer Sarah Vaughn and author Joyce Carol Oates.
Gov. Chris Christie is announcing all 11 names Friday afternoon in Trenton.
Rounding out the hall’s 2012 class are basketball coach Bob Hurley, media mogul Samuel I. Newhouse, Olympian Milt Campbell, Wild West Show sensation Annie Oakley and John Dorrance, the chemist who invented condensed soup.
The public induction ceremony and red carpet entrance will be June 9 in Newark.
Hall of Fame architect Michael Graves is designing a Mobile Museum for the hall that would travel from school to school.
A look at the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2012 by category:
– Annie Oakley. Nutley (1860-1926). The major attraction at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show captivated audiences by shooting pistols, rifles and shotguns. Her life was immortalized through
Irving Berlin’s musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”
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– Christopher Reeve. Princeton (1952-2004). Most remembered for his role as “Superman” in the movies, he became a quadriplegic after a horse riding accident and later lobbied on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries.
– The E Street Band. Asbury Park (1974- ). Immortalized as Bruce Springsteen’s band, the group has recorded with a wide range of artists from Bob Dylan to The Grateful Dead.
– Michael Douglas. New Brunswick (1944- ). Actor rewarded with three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards.
– Sarah Vaughn. Newark (1924-1990). She won an Amateur Night performance at the Apollo Theater, opened for Ella Fitzgerald and became one of the greatest jazz singers. Winner of a Grammy Award and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Jazz Masters Award.
– John Dorrance. Cinnaminson (1873-1930). A chemist who went to work for the Joseph Campbell Preserve Co., now the Campbell Soup Co., where he invented condensed soup. He was later the company’s president for 16 years, turning the business into a household name.
– Samuel I. Newhouse. Bayonne (1895-1979). Publisher and media giant who founded Advance Publications, which now owns The Star-Ledger and the magazines Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.
– Bob Hurley. Jersey City (1947- ). Amassed 26 state championships and more than 1,000 wins in 39 years at St. Anthony High School. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, he has turned down many college coaching offers.
– Milt Campbell. Plainfield (1933- ). The first African-American to win a gold medal in the decathlon of the Summer Olympic Games, he also played football for the Cleveland Browns and the Montreal Alouettes.
– Wellington T. Mara. East Rutherford (1916-2005). New York Giants owner who was responsible for bringing the team to New Jersey in 1976.
–Joyce Carol Oates. Princeton (1938- ). National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee, she is a professor in creative writing at Princeton University, where she has taught since 1978.
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