2012 Inductees to NJ Hall Of Fame

by Donald Hanson • June 9, 2012 • Entertainment, Newsy JerseyComments (0)1271

The Class of 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame honorees were inducted Saturday night. Here are this year’s selections:

Class of 2012

Congratulations to the following on their induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame!


Nutley (1860-1926)
As the major attraction at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, she captivated audiences by shooting pistols, rifles and shotguns. After overcoming poverty and becoming a legendary markswoman, her life was immortalized through Irving Berlin’s hit musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”


Cinnaminson (1873-1930)
A chemist by profession, he went to work for the Joseph Campbell Preserve Company, now renamed the Campbell Soup Company, where he invented condensed soup. He went on to become the company’s president for 16 years, turning the business into a household name.

Bayonne (1895-1979)
A legendary publisher and media giant, he founded Advance Publications which now owns The Star-Ledger and magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.


Princeton (1938 – )
A professor in the creative writing program at Princeton University, where she has taught since 1978, she is also an accomplished writer, having won the National Book Award and being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.


East Rutherford (1916-2005)
Legendary owner of the New York Giants who was responsible for bringing the team to New Jersey in 1976; although he lived in Rye, New York, he was beloved by New Jersey fans and proved you could be a successful sports owner as well as a gentleman.

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; inducted into the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

Jersey City (1947 – )
Legendary basketball coach at St. Anthony High School, Coach Hurley has amassed 26 state championships and more than 1,000 wins in his 39 years at the school. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, Hurley has devoted his life to coaching high school, turning down many college coaching offers.


Princeton (1952 – 2004)
Most remembered for his role as Superman in the movie franchise, he was a seasoned actor who became a quadriplegic after a horse accident and later lobbied on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries and founded the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

Newark (1924-1990)
After winning an Amateur Night performance at the Apollo Theater, she opened for Ella Fitzgerald and later became one of the greatest of all jazz singers, winning a Grammy Award and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Jazz Masters Award.

New Brunswick (1944 – )
Following in the steps of his father Kirk, he became a prominent actor who won three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards and can currently be seen in the action film Haywire.

Asbury Park (1974 – )
Best known as Bruce Springsteen’s band, the group has also recorded with a wide range of artists from Bob Dylan to the Grateful Dead. The band members include Clarence Clemons, Steve Van Zandt, Garry Tallent, Danny Federici, Vini Lopez, David Sancious, Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, PattiScialfa and Ernest “Boom Boom” Carter.

Previous years inductees:


Buzz Aldrin
Clara Barton
Yogi Berra
Bill Bradley
Thomas Edison
Albert Einstein
Malcolm Forbes
Robert Wood Johnson II
Vince Lombardi
Toni Morrison
Norman Schwarzkopf
Frank Sinatra
Bruce Springsteen
Meryl Streep
Harriet Tubman


Bud Abbott & Lou Costello
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Althea Gibson
Jon Bon Jovi
Jerry Lewis
Guglielmo Marconi
Shaquille O’Neal
Phil Rizzuto
Paul Robeson
Carl Sagan
Walt Whitman
William Carlos Williams

Unsung Hero:
Captain Brian Brennan


Count Basie
Judy Blume
Justice William Brennan
Danny DeVito
Larry Doby
Michael Graves
Carl Lewis
Jack Nicholson
Alice Paul
Les Paul
Phillip Roth
Susan Sarandon
Wally Schirra
Frankie Valli
President Woodrow Wilson

Unsung Heroes:
Marc DiNardo & James D’heron


John Basilone
Tony Bennett
Governor Brendan Byrne
Mary Higgins Clark
Admiral William Halsey
Franco Harris
Leon Hess
Queen Latifah
Bucky Pizzarelli
Martha Stewart
Joe Theismann
John Travolta
Bruce Willis

Unsung Heroes:
9/11 Victims & First Responders

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