Michael Graves, FAIA, became the first Architect member to the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2010, another architect is on the nominees list for 2011. This year Gustav Stickley, renowned architect and furniture maker who became the leading spokesperson for the American Craftsman movement was nominated for the NJ Hall of Fame this year. Vote for him now at www.njhalloffame.org.
Former governors Tom Kean and Brendan Byrne are among the nominees for the 2011 class of the New Jersey Hall of Fame. They face some stiff competition.
In the hall’s “general” category, Kean’s and Byrne’s fellow nominees are author Mary Higgins Clark, beat poet Allen Ginsberg, World War II-era Admiral William “Bull” Halsey and famed architect Gustav Stickley.
The overall list is impressive. U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone, a hero of World War II, is featured, as are President Grover Cleveland, Thomas Paine, Molly Pitcher, Leon Hess, Martha Stewart, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Bruce Willis and John Travolta.
In the arts and entertainment category, Jazz guitarist John “Bucky” Pizzarelli, singer Tony Bennett, actor Michael Douglas and recording artist and actress Queen Latifah have been nominated, along with Willis and Travolta.
In sports, NBA star Rick Barry, figure skater Dick Button, NFL running back Franco Harris and NFL quarterback Joe Theismann were all nominated.
Representing New Jersey’s infamous side is Vice President Aaron Burr, who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel right here in the Garden State. His Hall of Fame biography, however, makes no mention of that event. Burr is nominated in the historical category, along with Basilone, Cleveland, Paine, Pitcher and Stanton.
Voting is done online and ballots must be filled out by Jan. 3. The induction ceremony will be held in June.
For a full list of nominees, go to: www.njhalloffame.org/nombios2011.html
Cast your vote today!