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Springsteen and 2016 inductee Tommy James. Big Joe Henry welcomes the crowd saying, “Welcome to his- toric Asbury Park. This Class of 2016 has done so much for our state, each person deserving to be voted in.” Connie Chung — who lived for 25 years in Middletown while breaking barriers in television journalism — takes the stage to accept her award from her hus- band, Maury Povich, exclaiming, “You can take the girl out of New NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 5 Jersey, but you can never take the Jersey out of the girl,” much to the audience’s delight. For those unfamiliar with Peace Pilgrim, she was an Egg Harbor City native known for being a spiritual teacher, pacifist, and peace activist. In 1952, she be- came the first woman to walk the entire Appalachian Trail in a single season. She also walked across the United States — many times, over the course of a 28- year period — always speaking with people whom she would INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 14