New Jersey Stage 2017: Issue 5 - Page 8

Since its inception, the New Jersey Hall of Fame has recog- nized a wide variety of former and current residents of the Gar- den State for their contributions to New Jersey and to the world. Back in 2008, The Hall’s first class of inductees included fifteen NJ luminaries ranging from Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein to Bruce Springsteen and Meryl Streep. Since then, the Hall has gone on to honor such addition- al prominent Garden State resi- dents as Walt Whitman, F. Scott NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 5 Fitzgerald, Woodrow Wilson, Count Basie, Frankie Valli, Chris- topher Reeve, and many more. As the Class of 2016 honor- ees — in addition to many well- known presenters and speakers this evening — walk the red carpet into Convention Hall, they stop to chat with fans, conduct inter- views with the media, and smile for photos. One of the first inductees to arrive is former heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner. In a 1975 title bout, Wepner went fifteen INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 8