NJ Hall of Fame 2008

Monday, February 02, 2009

This year's crop of inductees to the New Jersey Hall of fame were announced this morning. Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman of Weird New Jersey, who are also on the voting panel, discuss the picks. Who do you want in the New Jersey Hall of Fame? Comment below!


Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman

Comments [32]

Fred Plotkin from New York

Frederica von Stade, Eileen Farrell, Meryl Streep, Flip Wilson, Cissy Houston, Sarah Vaughan, Dionne Warwick

Feb. 02 2009 01:39 PM
Karl in NJ

How about John Bardeen, Walter Houser Brattain and William Shockley- inventors of the transistor. Dennis Ritchie- developer of UNIX and the C language. Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson- first to hear the Big Bang. Science and Engineering in NJ has changed the world (Edison and Einstein are already in the NJ hall of fame).

Feb. 02 2009 12:15 PM
KC Rice from Manhattan

Speaking of boxers who trained in NJ: During the Roaring Twenties Rock Lodge Club in Stockhom,NJ was a training camp for Jack Dempsey (and other boxers),and in 1932 it was established as a nudist club, which continues today.
For more details, see:

Feb. 02 2009 12:13 PM
Robert from Brooklyn

Muhammad Ali lived in Cherry Hill starting in 1971

Feb. 02 2009 12:00 PM
Rick from Connecticut

Rupert Pupkin,from Clifton NJ the Comedian Robert Diniro played in the movie King of Comedy

Feb. 02 2009 11:59 AM
peter friedrich from Berkeley Heights

to Elsie from Brooklyn

NO- a thousand times... from Camden!

Feb. 02 2009 11:59 AM

John Travolta
Sarah Jessica Parker
Eddie Murphy
Glenn Miller

Feb. 02 2009 11:59 AM
Mickey Bitsko from Downtown Manhattan

I nominate the Paterson punk rocker who broke my heart in the late seventies.

Also, Lou Costello raised millions for charity, and there is a children's hospital named for him in Paterson.

Feb. 02 2009 11:59 AM
Winston Smith from Minilov Room 101

Peter Sagal

Feb. 02 2009 11:58 AM
peter friedrich from Berkeley Heights

How 'bout Jean Sheppard... WOR host of 1960's-1970's, author of A Christmas Story... and much humor

Feb. 02 2009 11:58 AM
Robert from Brooklyn

Muhammad Ali (lived in Cherry Hill beginning in 1971)

Feb. 02 2009 11:58 AM
Barry Nelson from Foxboro, MA (formerly Long Branch)

Dorothy Parker, who apparently hated the fact that she was born in Long Branch---and moved as soon as she could to New York.

Martha Stewart---a Jersey Girl through and through, from Nutley

Feb. 02 2009 11:58 AM
severals from clifton, nj

William Paterson

Feb. 02 2009 11:58 AM

Arturo Gatti! He's from Canada but he fought his whole career in Jersey.

And of course Redman, he kept Newark on the hip-hop map all through the 90s.

Feb. 02 2009 11:57 AM
Mark from Brooklyn

Rudy Van Gelder:

as wikipedia says -- Frequently regarded as one of the most important recording engineers in music history,[1] Van Gelder is one of the legendary behind-the-scenes figures in jazz, recording several hundred jazz sessions, including many widely recognized as classics. Bringing an unprecedented clarity to jazz recording, Van Gelder has recorded many of the great names in the genre, including Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Joe Henderson, Grant Green, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, and many others.

Recorded in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Feb. 02 2009 11:56 AM
Peter from Brooklyn


Danny Devito, Jack Nicholson, William Carlos Williams, Count Basie, the Four Seasons, Bruce Springsteen & Steve Van Zandt, Robert Pinsky, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, Sarah Vaughan, Dorothy Parker, Ernie Kovacs, Frank Sinatra, Meryl Streep.

Feb. 02 2009 11:55 AM
JOSH KARAN from Manhattan

Stephen Colbert

Feb. 02 2009 11:54 AM
Manny Figueroa from Clifton, NJ

Philip Roth, not only because he was born in Jersey, but because NJ figures so prominently in his work.

Feb. 02 2009 11:53 AM
joli from Bloomfield NJ

Mark and Mark have done more for NJ than any of those other folks!

Feb. 02 2009 11:53 AM
Steven B. from New York, NY

where is Woodrow Wilson?

Feb. 02 2009 11:52 AM
brianne from Harlem

Max Weinburg - The Boss's amazing drummer in the E Street band!!

Feb. 02 2009 11:52 AM
Laura K from ny

Martha Stewart

Feb. 02 2009 11:52 AM
Laura K from ny

Annie Oakley!

Feb. 02 2009 11:52 AM
severals from clifton, nj

Paul Robeson

Feb. 02 2009 11:52 AM
A Listener in Chicago

jimmy hoffa (not a native, but a permanent resident).

Feb. 02 2009 11:52 AM
Elsie from Brooklyn

What's the criteria here? Anyone who ever lived in Jersey? Because Walt Whitman was from NY.

Feb. 02 2009 11:50 AM
Robert from NYC

Althea Gibson, sure do!

Feb. 02 2009 11:50 AM
Robert from NYC

Jon Stewart if he's not in there.

Feb. 02 2009 11:49 AM
Phoebe in West Caldwell from West Caldwell, NJ

Jon Stewart!

Feb. 02 2009 11:04 AM
seth from Long Island

Edmund Wilson (literary critic), Philip Roth, and Allen Ginsberg.

Feb. 02 2009 10:57 AM
katie from brooklyn, ny

the fugees

Feb. 02 2009 10:26 AM
steve from prospect heights

Patti Smith

Feb. 02 2009 10:20 AM

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