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New Jersey Hall of Fame: CLASS OF 2017

By Gary Wien

originally published: 07/01/2018

New Jersey Hall of Fame: CLASS OF 2017“First some comments about New Jersey,” said Whoopi Goldberg, the surprise host of the 10th Annual New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  “I live here.  It’s a wonderful state and what most people don’t know is that the amount of brain power that comes out of New Jersey is extraordinary!  The musicians and their prowess is amazing! When you look at the amount of folks who are here - this is your city; this is your state; these are your people.  Maybe you will be up here at some point.”

Many people from New Jersey have a love/hate relationship with the Garden State.  We grow up hearing comedians rattle off jokes about us; we hear locals complain about everything from taxes to overpopulation; and we live sandwiched between New York City and Philadelphia and often looked down upon by people in both cities.

But on Sunday, May 6th when the New Jersey Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2017, there was nothing but Jersey Pride in Asbury Park’s Paramount Theatre. 

One thing people cannot take away is the vast amount of success stories to emerge from this state.  For every person who cracks a joke about New Jersey, chances are they will flip through the channels of their tv tonight and pass several movies starring actors from the Garden State; their radios will be spinning musicians from the state; and their homes will be utilizing inventions that came from here as well.

In other words, we’ve got a lot to brag about!  How many states can boast their Hall of Fame features musicians like Steven Van Zandt, Debbie Harry, Gloria Gaynor, and The Four Seasons; authors like Harlan Coben and journalist Anna Quindlen; sports heroes like Al Leiter and Carli Lloyd; a pair of twin astronauts (Mark and Scott Kelly); legendary nurse Clara Maass; politician Millicent Fenwick; real estate executive Jon Hanson; publishing executive Steve Forbes; businessman Joe Buckelew; and Buddy Valastro “The Cake Boss”  — all within one inductee class?



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New Jersey Hall of Fame: CLASS OF 2017Not to mention who else could have Whoopi Goldberg be the surprise host of the evening? Or have Bruce Springsteen not only induct Little Stevie but jam with him on stage? Who has could have the future Hall of Fame (and arguably the best reliever in baseball history) Mariano Rivera once again enter the spotlight to “Enter Sandman” to provide the introduction to the Cake Boss? Or NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson introduce author Harlan Coben? Or Joe Piscopo introduce inductee Al Leiter?

Or have Buzz Aldrin, one of the last living astronauts to walk on the moon, not only introduce Scott & Mark Kelly alongside Whoopi Goldberg… but actually do the moon walk on stage!

Only Jersey baby!

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony has become New Jersey’s own Oscars Night.  It’s a history lesson, a red carpet extravaganza, extraordinary live performances, and a night of pride - Jersey pride.

“We may be one of the smaller states, but we have always carried our weight,” said New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy.  “Our output of influencers and history makers is more prolific than states many times our size.  Their lives and careers have given vibrant color to the great tapestry of New Jersey.  A famous bridge near the statehouse reads: ‘Trenton makes, the world takes’ but literally that can be said New Jersey makes tonight’s honorees and the world has benefited from their talents.”

New Jersey Hall of Fame: CLASS OF 2017

Her husband, Governor Phil Murphy added, “Since our very founding, New Jersey has been the crossroads of America, where some of the most celebrated names in the arts learned the power of the written word or found their voice; where leaders in business built their fortunes and built our state; where dreams of athletic glory grew from backyard games and races; and where leaders in public service know it isn’t about what you get, but is about what you give back.  The New Jersey Hall of Fame is where stories of these lives are told and retold.  The Hall of Fame is here to inspire future generations of New Jersians to strive for their own glory.”

In our magazine, we take you inside the inductee speeches, the performances on stage, and a look at the red carpet.  At the end of this article there are links to our coverage online. Please check out the magazine for even more photos and videos. We were fortunate to have several photographers on hand and have plenty of slideshows showcasing the event.  After experiencing the New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the first time, I can honestly say get your tickets for next year early! This is quickly becoming one of the hottest tickets of the year and for good reason.  

2017 Inductee Harlan Coben may have put it best when he said, “New Jersey is dense and diverse. New Jersey has attitude and swagger.  New Jersey has color and texture. New Jersey has a chip on its shoulder and New Jersey is loaded with hope.  If you look at a map, we are wedged between two of the biggest cities in the country, and yet where that wedge is that’s where life is lived.” 



Here are the members of the Class of 2017 broken down by section:

Performing Arts: The Four Seasons, Steven Van Zandt, Gloria Gaynor, Debbie Harry

Arts & Letters: Harlan Coban, Anna Quindlen

Sports: Al Leiter, Carli Lloyd

Public Service: Mark & Scott Kelly, Clara Maass, Millicent Fenwick

Enterprise: John Hanson, Steve Forbes, Joe Buckelew, Buddy Valastro - “Cake Boss”



 

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New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 PERFORMING ARTS
The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.  The following is a look at the members inducted in the PERFORMING ARTS category: The Four Seasons, Steven Van Zandt, Gloria Gaynor, and Debbie Harry.
New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 ARTS & LETTERS
The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.  The following is a look at the members inducted in the ARTS & LETTERS category: Harlan Coben and Anna Quindlen.
New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 SPORTS
The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.  The following is a look at the members inducted in the SPORTS category: Al Leiter and Carli Lloyd.

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New Jersey Hall of Fame: CLASS OF 2017

New Jersey Hall of Fame: CLASS OF 2017

“First some comments about New Jersey,” said Whoopi Goldberg, the surprise host of the 10th Annual New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  “I live here.  It’s a wonderful state and what most people don’t know is that the amount of brain power that comes out of New Jersey is extraordinary!  The musicians and their prowess is amazing! When you look at the amount of folks who are here - this is your city; this is your state; these are your people.  Maybe you will be up here at some point.”


New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 PERFORMING ARTS

New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 PERFORMING ARTS

The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.  The following is a look at the members inducted in the PERFORMING ARTS category: The Four Seasons, Steven Van Zandt, Gloria Gaynor, and Debbie Harry.


New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 ARTS & LETTERS

New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 ARTS & LETTERS

The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.  The following is a look at the members inducted in the ARTS & LETTERS category: Harlan Coben and Anna Quindlen.


New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 PUBLIC SERVICE

New Jersey Hall of Fame: Class of 2017 PUBLIC SERVICE

The members of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were inducted on Sunday, May 6th in Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.  The following is a look at the members inducted in the PUBLIC SERVICE category: Mark and Scott Kelly, Clara Maass, and Millicent Fenwick.








Event calendar
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018


MUSIC

THE GAY BLADES @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

HERMAN'S HERMITS STARRING PETER NOONE & THE BUCKINGHAMS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Nelson Riveros Trio: “The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery” @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Hawaiian Music and Hula @ 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing, Ewing - 8:00pm

Pop 2000 Tour @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

THE MACHINE PERFORMS PINK FLOYD @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 8:00pm

THE FAB FAUX A HARD DAY'S NIGHT AND REVOLVER IN THEIR ENTIRETIES @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm

Swamp Boogie Trio @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Annie @ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 8:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Annie @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Billy Bishop Goes to War @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 2:00pm

Kiss Me Kate @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Phoenix Productions Presents: The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Enchanted April @ The Summit Playhouse, Summit - 8:00pm

Heathers, The Musical High School Edition @ Pebble Players, Oakes Center, Summit - 7:30pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Black Box PAC @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 11:00am

Into the Woods @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 8:00pm


COMEDY

Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm


DANCE

BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm


KIDS

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR. @ Ridgewood Ave School Theater, Glen Ridge - 1:00pm and 7:00pm


LECTURE

Mainebiz Health Care Forum @ Mainebiz Health Care Forum, Newyork - 8:00pm

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