Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

N.J. Hall of Fame Adds New Members

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

N.J. Hall of Fame Adds New Members

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With Bruce Springsteen and Frank Sinatra playing through speakers and the Statue of Liberty looking on, the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2013 was announced Monday in front of the new mobile hall of fame museum at Liberty State Park in Jersey City.

Carol Higgins Clark revealed the newest hall members, who include actor Alan Alda of Leonia, the late singer Whitney Houston of East Orange, comedian Joe Piscopo of Passaic, former Jets and Giants coach Bill Parcells, who was born in Englewood, and the late film pioneer Alice Guy Blache, who built a studio in Fort Lee.

The author from Washington Township, and daughter of Mary Higgins Clark, stepped in to replace astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was ill and couldn't attend as planned. Aldrin is expected to be at the induction ceremony on Oct. 21 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. Following that event, the inductees and other special guests will attend the Giants game that night against the Vikings. The inductees will be announced at MetLife Stadium.

With none of the inductees on hand and Aldrin ill, the star of the day was the mobile museum, a tractor trailer filled with interactive exhibits about the state's Hall of Famers, including Jon Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Thomas Edison, Toni Morrison, Jack Nicholson and Vince Lombardi among many others. The idea is to bring the mobile museum, billed as a "field trip on wheels," to schools for education and inspiration.

"It's here for the citizens of New Jersey, particularly for the kids to help remember where our roots are and those who have lived in our communities and who have made invaluable contributions to the state and the world," said former Giants center Bart Oates, Hall of Fame Commission chairman.

The mobile museum has multimedia exhibitions created around the theme, "Make a Difference." Through images, artifacts, film and interactive elements, visitors can learn the contributions of these New Jersey academics, inventors, writers, athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs and philanthropists and how they still resonate in today's world. …

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