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NJ Hall of Fame to Induct Ten People

Ten outstanding New Jerseyans including actor Michael Douglas, writer Joyce Carol Oates and basketball coach Bob Hurley will be inducted into the state’s Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The fifth annual induction ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark will also honor actor Christopher Reeve and Annie Oakley.

Eric LeGrand, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football player who suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury while playing for Rutgers University, will receive the Unsung Hero Award.

The E Street Band was elected to class of 2012, but is on tour and asked they be inducted at a later date.

Gov. Chris Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, are the evening’s hosts.

The hall is funded privately and exists virtually.

A look at the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2012 by category:


— Annie Oakley. Nutley (1860-1926). The major attraction at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show captivated audiences by shooting pistols, rifles and shotguns. Her life was immortalized through

Irving Berlin’s musical “Annie Get Your Gun.”

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— Christopher Reeve. Princeton (1952-2004). Most remembered for his role as “Superman” in the movies, he became a quadriplegic after a horse riding accident and later lobbied on behalf of people with spinal cord injuries.

— The E Street Band. Asbury Park (1974- ). Immortalized as Bruce Springsteen’s band, the group has recorded with a wide range of artists from Bob Dylan to The Grateful Dead.

— Michael Douglas. New Brunswick (1944- ). Actor rewarded with three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards.

— Sarah Vaughn. Newark (1924-1990). She won an Amateur Night performance at the Apollo Theater, opened for Ella Fitzgerald and became one of the greatest jazz singers. Winner of a Grammy Award and the National Endowment for the Arts’ Jazz Masters Award.


— John Dorrance. Cinnaminson (1873-1930). A chemist who went to work for the Joseph Campbell Preserve Co., now the Campbell Soup Co., where he invented condensed soup. He was later the company’s president for 16 years, turning the business into a household name.

— Samuel I. Newhouse. Bayonne (1895-1979). Publisher and media giant who founded Advance Publications, which now owns The Star-Ledger and the magazines Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.


— Bob Hurley. Jersey City (1947- ). Amassed 26 state championships and more than 1,000 wins in 39 years at St. Anthony High School. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010, he has turned down many college coaching offers.

— Milt Campbell. 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.

— Wellington T. Mara. East Rutherford (1916-2005). New York Giants owner who was responsible for bringing the team to New Jersey in 1976.


–Joyce Carol Oates. Princeton (1938- ). National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize nominee, she is a professor in creative writing at Princeton University, where she has taught since 1978.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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