N.J. Hall of Fame names 50 nominees for 2018 class

The New Jersey Hall of Fame announced on Friday 50 nominees for its Class of 2018.

The 11th class of NJHOF inductees will be announced in January. An induction ceremony will be held in May 2019.

“Since 2008, we have inducted a broad spectrum of New Jersey heroes into the Hall of Fame,”  Jon F. Hanson, chairman of the NJHOF, said. “This year’s class of nominees strongly reflect the diverse backgrounds and accomplishments that have characterized the hall of fame since its inception.”

The nominees fill out five separate categories: Arts & Letters, Enterprise, Performing Arts, Public Service, and Sports.

“We’re honored to carry on our longstanding tradition of promoting the best that New Jersey has to offer,” Steve Edwards, president of the NJHOF, said. “I’m continuously amazed by the wealth of role models that our state produces, and proud that we have the opportunity to bring recognition to those who truly deserve it.”

Nominees in the Arts & Letters category:

  • Peter Benchley
  • Stephen Crane
  • Joyce Kilmer
  • Fran Lebowitz
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • George R.R. Martin
  • John Forbes Nash Jr.
  • George Segal
  • Gay Talese
  • Timothy White

In the Enterprise category:

  • Anthony Bourdain
  • James E. Burke
  • Leonard S. Coleman, Jr.
  • J. Fletcher Creamer, Sr.
  • F.M. Kirby, II
  • Tim McLoone
  • Denise Morrison
  • Victor Parsonnet
  • Mary G. Roebling
  • Arthur F. Ryan
  • George Zoffinger

In the Performing Arts category:

  • Danny Aiello
  • Jason Alexander
  • Peter Dinklage
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Ed Harris
  • Chris Rock
  • Patti Smith
  • The Smithereens
  • Phoebe Snow

In the Public Service category:

  • Samuel Alito
  • Elizabeth Almira Allen
  • Virginia Apgar
  • Alfred Driscoll
  • Louis Freeh
  • Milton Friedman
  • Antonin Scalia
  • Richard Stockton
  • Paul Volcker
  • Theodore V. Wells

In the Sports category:

  • Rick Barry
  • Harry Carson
  • Gerry Cooney
  • Anne Donovan
  • Laurie Hernandez
  • Jerry Izenberg
  • John McMullen
  • Bart Oates
  • David Stern
  • Paul Tagliabue

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