New Jersey Hall of Fame

The New Jersey Hall of Fame is an organization that honors individuals from the U.S. state of New Jersey who have made contributions to society and the world beyond.

The Hall of Fame is a designated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, overseen by a Board of Trustees. It was statutorily authorized through Public Law 2005, Chapter 232.[1] This bi-partisan legislation was passed unanimously in the New Jersey Senate on May 13, 2005,[2] passed in the Assembly on June 30, 2005, and signed into law by the governor on September 22, 2005.[3]

In June 2013 it introduced a "mobile museum" designed by Michael Graves and Ralph Applebaum[4] which toured the state for more than 300,000 people over three years.[5][6][7] In 2017, it opened a satellite exhibition of five holograms, posters and a ″Wall of Fame″ at Newark Airport.[8] In September 2018 it was announced that the Hall of Fame would move to a permanent home at American Dream Meadowlands.[9]

Format

The New Jersey Hall of Fame selects potential nominees in five categories: General, Enterprise, Sports, Arts & Entertainment, and Historical. With only rare exceptions, nominees must have resided in New Jersey for a period of at least five years. Selection of inductees is done using a three-phase process. Phase I is conducted by a group of expert panelists selected by the New Jersey Hall of Fame Board, who compose a list of 20 individuals in each category. Phase II incorporates a group of over 100 prominent organization throughout New Jersey who narrow the field down to 6 individuals in each category. Phase III uses a public voting system via the internet and manual ballots. Upon completion of Phase III, the New Jersey Hall of Fame Board selects its inductees based on the top vote-getter in each category, as well as others the board deems deserving.[3]

Induction ceremony

The first class of inductees was honored in an induction ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on May 4, 2008.[10]

2008 inductees

The inaugural class of inductees for the New Jersey Hall of Fame were announced in a press conference on October 25, 2007, by Governor Jon Corzine.[11]

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2009 inductees

The 2009 class of inductees for the New Jersey Hall of Fame were announced on February 2, 2009.[12] The induction ceremony was held May 3, 2009, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.[13]

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2010 inductees

The 2010 class of inductees for the New Jersey Hall of Fame were announced on December 3, 2009.[14] The induction ceremony was held May 2, 2010, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.[15]

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2011 inductees

For list of inductees, see footnote[16]
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The 9/11 Victims were also given a special induction.

2012 inductees

For list of inductees, see footnote[17]

Ten members of the Class of 2012 were inducted on Saturday, June 9, 2012, during a ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center: Milt Campbell (Olympian), John Dorrance (condensed-soup inventor), Michael Douglas (actor), Bob Hurley (basketball coach), Wellington Mara (New York Giants owner), Samuel I. Newhouse (media mogul), Annie Oakley (Wild West Show sensation), Joyce Carol Oates (author), Christopher Reeve (late actor-activist), and Sarah Vaughan (jazz singer).[18]

The eleventh member of the Class of 2012 – the E Street Band – will be inducted at a future date.[18] The Unsung Hero Award was given to Eric LeGrand, the paralyzed former Rutgers University defensive tackle.[18]

Historical Enterprise Entertainment Sports General Unsung Hero

2013 inductees

For list of inductees, see footnote[19]
Historical Enterprise Entertainment Sports General Unsung Hero
  • Kathleen DiChiara

2014 inductees

For list of inductees, see footnote[20]
Arts & Letters Enterprise Performance Arts Public Service Sports Unsung Hero
  • Maud Dahme

2015 inductees

For list of inductees, see footnote[21]
Arts & Letters Enterprise Performing Arts Public Service Sports Unsung Hero
  • Carla Harris

2016 inductees

For list of inductees, see footnote[22]
Arts & Letters Enterprise Performing Arts Public Service Sports Unsung Hero
  • Ed Goldstein
  • Sue Goldstein

2017 inductees

For list of inductees, see footnote[23]
Arts & Letters Enterprise Performing Arts Public Service Sports

See also

References

  1. ^ "Will Sports and Exposition Authority get out of Hall of Fame business?". North Jersey. January 20, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "Metro Briefing |New Jersey: Trenton: Lawmakers Push Hall Of Fame", The New York Times, May 13, 2005. Accessed December 29, 2007.
  3. ^ a b New Jersey Hall of Fame Fact Sheet. NJHoF website. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  4. ^ "Renovated New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum Debuts at NJ State Fair". GlobeNewswire News Room. 2016-06-21. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  5. ^ N.J. Hall of Fame inducts 16, unveils $500K mobile museum. NJ.com (2013-06-24). Retrieved on 2013-10-23.
  6. ^ Newest NJ Hall of Fame members announced and new mobile museum launched. NorthJersey.com (2013-06-25). Retrieved on 2013-10-23.
  7. ^ "The N.J. Hall of Fame lives in a trailer and one city wants to change that". NJ.com. February 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "New Jersey Hall of Fame Exhibition Coming to Newark Airport - Metropolitan Airport News". Metropolitan Airport News. 2017-12-21. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  9. ^ "N.J. Hall of Fame lands a home at the American Dream megamall. No, really". NJ.com. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  10. ^ New Jersey Hall of Fame welcomes first-ever class, The Star-Ledger, May 4, 2008. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  11. ^ Frank, Bruce and Buzz among first inducted into NJ hall of fame, The Star-Ledger, October 25, 2007. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  12. ^ Bon Jovi, Shaq, Abbott and Costello make N.J. Hall of Fame, The Star-Ledger, February 2, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  13. ^ 2009 New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees welcomed at NJPAC. The Star-Ledger, May 3, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  14. ^ Count Basie, Jack Nicholson, Les Paul make New Jersey Hall of Fame, The Star-Ledger, December 3, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  15. ^ Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon are among 15 inducted into N.J. Hall of Fame, The Star-Ledger, May 2, 2010. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
  16. ^ "New Jersey Hall of Fame - 2011 Inductees". New Jersey Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  17. ^ "New Jersey Hall of Fame - 2012 Inductees". New Jersey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  18. ^ a b c Duffelmeyer, Andrew (June 9, 2012). "New Jersey Hall of Fame welcomes 10 new members". The Press of Atlantic City. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  19. ^ "New Jersey Hall of Fame - 2013 Inductees". New Jersey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  20. ^ "New Jersey Hall of Fame - New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2014 Announced". New Jersey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  21. ^ "New Jersey Hall of Fame - 2015 Inductees". New Jersey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  22. ^ "New Jersey Hall of Fame - 2016 Inductees". New Jersey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  23. ^ "New Jersey Hall of Fame - 2017 Inductees". New Jersey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2018-08-07.

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Alice Guy-Blaché

Alice Guy-Blaché (July 1, 1873 – March 24, 1968) was a French pioneer filmmaker, active from the late 19th century, and one of the first to make a narrative fiction film. From 1896 to 1906, she was probably the only female filmmaker in the world. She experimented with Gaumont's Chronophone sound syncing system, color tinting, interracial casting, and special effects. She was a founder and artistic director of the Solax Studios in Flushing, New York, in 1908. In 1912, Solax invested $100,000 for a new studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey, the center of American filmmaking prior to the establishment of Hollywood. That same year, she made the film A Fool and His Money, with a cast of only African-American actors. The film is now at the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute.

Bart Oates

Bart Steven Oates (born December 16, 1958) is a former American football player in the National Football League for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers. He played center for the Giants from 1985–93 and with the 49ers from 1994-95. He was a member of the Giants teams that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV and the 49ers team that won Super Bowl XXIX.

Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown (born April 14, 1957) is an American professional makeup artist and the founder and ex-CCO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Brown has written eight books about makeup and beauty. She is the Contributing Beauty & Lifestyle Editor of Health magazine and Beauty & Lifestyle editor of the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show radio broadcast.

Brendan Byrne

Brendan Thomas Byrne (April 1, 1924 – January 4, 2018) was an American politician, statesman, and prosecutor, serving as the 47th Governor of New Jersey from 1974 to 1982.

A member of the Democratic Party, Byrne started his career as a private attorney and worked in the New Jersey state government starting in 1955 before resuming his legal career after leaving office in 1982.

During his time as Governor, Byrne oversaw the opening of the first gambling casinos in Atlantic City and expanded the oceanside municipality's economic base, establishing the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate. He also saved a large majority of woodlands and wildlife areas in the state from development.In the late 1970s, an FBI wiretap recorded local mobsters calling Byrne, "the man who couldn't be bought," a reference to his high ethical standards. The public's response to this propelled his popularity at a time when popular New Jersey politicians were being mired in corruption scandals. Byrne used the quote as the slogan for his successful re-election bid.From 1981-1996, the Meadowlands Arena at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, formerly home to the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League, New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association, and Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball was named Brendan Byrne Arena in his honor. The arena was then renamed Continental Airlines Arena, followed by IZOD Center.

Brendan Byrne State Park, located in New Lisbon, New Jersey was also named in his honor.

In 2011, Byrne was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame for his service to the state.

Bruce Willis

Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955) is an American actor, producer, and singer. Born to a German mother and American father in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, he moved to the United States with his family in 1957. His career began on the Off-Broadway stage in the 1970s. He later achieved fame with his leading role on the hit television series Moonlighting (1985–89). He has since appeared in over 70 films and is widely regarded as an "action hero", due to his portrayal of John McClane in the Die Hard franchise (1988–2013), and other such roles.

His credits also include Death Becomes Her (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), 12 Monkeys (1995), The Fifth Element (1997), Armageddon (1998), The Sixth Sense (1999), Sin City (2005), Red (2010), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Expendables 2 (2012), Looper (2012), and as David Dunn in the Unbreakable film series: Unbreakable (2000), Split (2016) and Glass (2019). He made his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of Misery in 2015. As a musician, Willis released his debut album, The Return of Bruno, in 1987. He has since released two more solo albums, in 1989 and 2001.

Willis is the recipient of several accolades, including a Golden Globe, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and two People's Choice Awards. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006.

Count Basie

William James "Count" Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer.

In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. He led the group for almost 50 years, creating innovations like the use of two "split" tenor saxophones, emphasizing the rhythm section, riffing with a big band, using arrangers to broaden their sound, and others. Many musicians came to prominence under his direction, including the tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, the guitarist Freddie Green, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes, Thelma Carpenter, and Joe Williams.

Dizzy Gillespie

John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (; October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and singer.Gillespie was a trumpet virtuoso and improviser, building on the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge but adding layers of harmonic and rhythmic complexity previously unheard in jazz. His combination of musicianship, showmanship, and wit made him a leading popularizer of the new music called bebop. His beret and horn-rimmed spectacles, his scat singing, his bent horn, pouched cheeks, and his light-hearted personality provided some of bebop's most prominent symbols.In the 1940s Gillespie, with Charlie Parker, became a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz.He taught and influenced many other musicians, including trumpeters Miles Davis, Jon Faddis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione, and balladeer Johnny Hartman.Scott Yanow wrote, "Dizzy Gillespie's contributions to jazz were huge. One of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, Gillespie was such a complex player that his contemporaries ended up being similar to those of Miles Davis and Fats Navarro instead, and it was not until Jon Faddis's emergence in the 1970s that Dizzy's style was successfully recreated [....] Arguably Gillespie is remembered, by both critics and fans alike, as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time".

Einstein's awards and honors

During the year of 1922, Albert Einstein was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics, "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect". This refers to his 1905 paper on the photoelectric effect, "On a Heuristic Viewpoint Concerning the Production and Transformation of Light", which was well supported by the experimental evidence by that time. The presentation speech began by mentioning "his theory of relativity [which had] been the subject of lively debate in philosophical circles [and] also has astrophysical implications which are being rigorously examined at the present time". (Einstein 1923)

Eric LeGrand

Eric J. LeGrand (born September 4, 1990) is a former American football defensive tackle who played college football at Rutgers. He became paralyzed while making a tackle in an October 2010 game, but has since regained movement in his shoulders and sensation throughout his body. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed him to a symbolic contract as an undrafted free agent in May 2012. In 2017, LeGrand was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as the third recipient of the Warrior Award.

Harold Gould (baseball)

Harold Lorenzo Gould (September 29, 1924 – November 9, 2012) was a baseball pitcher with the Philadelphia Stars in the Negro leagues from 1947 to 1948. The right-hander won 19 games over the two seasons including an impressive rookie campaign with 14 victories.

He also played for the Farnham Pirates in the Quebec Provincial League in 1949. Gould's time as a pitcher ended when he was drafted for military service and sent to Korea prior to the 1950 season.

Gould was a welder by profession, beginning by working on ships in Camden and then New York City. He opened up his own shop in New Jersey called Harold’s Welding Service in 1964.

Gould was elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 1994 and the South Jersey Hall of Fame in 2001. He was named one of Cumberland County’s “People of the Century” in 1999 and was named to the county’s Black Hall of Fame in 2009.Gould was active in retirement in publicizing the legacy of the Philadelphia Stars and Negro League baseball in Philadelphia. He participated in events at the Phillies' Citizens Bank Park and at the annual Jackie Robinson Day celebration at the site of the Star's former ballpark at 44th and Parkside Avenue.

Jay Dittamo

Jay Dittamo (born May 30, 1959) is a drummer, percussionist, music composer and producer. He has played with acts such as Junoon, Band From Utopia, Willie Colón, Jimmy Webb, Chuck Berry, The Duprees, The Crests, The Marvellets, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Gloria Lynne. He has performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the United Nations and for the 2010 New Jersey Hall of Fame as well as played on TV and movie soundtracks. Dittamo also owns The Cave Studio. Dittamo composed, played, and produced a musical score for the classic 1931 Frankenstein movie. He resides in Waldwick, New Jersey.

John Henry Lloyd

John Henry "Pop" Lloyd (April 25, 1884 – March 19, 1964), nicknamed "El Cuchara", was an American baseball shortstop and manager in the Negro leagues. He is generally considered the greatest shortstop in Negro league history, and both Babe Ruth and Ted Harlow, a noted sportswriter, reportedly believed Lloyd to be the greatest baseball player ever.He was a heavy hitter, usually batting cleanup during his prime, but also knew how to play "inside baseball," and was an expert place-hitter and bunter. Lloyd was also a renowned shortstop, ranked by most experts as second only to Dick Lundy among black shortstops before integration, and was referred to as the "Black Wagner," a reference to Pittsburgh Pirates Hall-of-Famer Honus Wagner. (On Lloyd, Wagner said "It's an honor to be compared to him.")Known for his gentlemanly conduct, Lloyd was probably the most sought-after African-American player of his generation. "Wherever the money was, that's where I was," he once said. His career record bears this out, showing him constantly moving from team to team.

Larry Peccatiello

Larry Peccatiello (born December 21, 1935) is a former American football coach. He was an assistant coach with the Washington Redskins from 1981 to 1993. For most of that time, he was defensive coordinator, either alone or sharing it with Richie Petitbon. He was Petitbon's defensive coordinator during his lone season as head coach in 1993.

After Petitbon was fired after the 1993 season, incoming coach Norv Turner jettisoned the remaining staff. From 1994 to 1996, he was defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals under head coach Dave Shula. When Shula was fired following the 1996 season, incoming coach Bruce Coslet jettisoned the remaining staff.

From 1997 to 2001, he served in the same role for the Detroit Lions, after which he retired. He was first hired by Lions head coach Bobby Ross, and also served under Gary Moeller when Ross resigned during the 2000 season.One achievement Peccatiello is particularly proud of was his 1983 season with Washington, where he led the defense to 61 takeaways.

Peccatiello earned three Super Bowl rings during his time with the Redskins. In 2010, Peccatiello was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Additionally, Peccatiello has been inducted to the Newark, New Jersey Hall of Fame, as well as the William & Mary Hall of Fame.

List of awards and nominations received by Meryl Streep

This is a list of awards and nominations for Meryl Streep. Streep has been recognized with multiple awards and nominations for her work in film, television, and music. She holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor, having been nominated 21 times since her first nomination in 1978 for her performance in The Deer Hunter (seventeen for Best Actress and four for Best Supporting Actress). She holds eight more nominations than both Katharine Hepburn and Jack Nicholson, who are tied in second place. With her third Oscar win for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011) in 2012, Streep became the fifth actor to win three competitive acting Academy Awards, after Walter Brennan, Katharine Hepburn (who has four in total), Ingrid Bergman, and Jack Nicholson. Daniel Day-Lewis has since become the sixth actor to achieve this.In 2009, Streep became the most-nominated performer in Golden Globe Awards history when her double lead actress nods for Doubt (2008) and Mamma Mia! (2008) gave her 23 in total, breaking the tie with Jack Lemmon, who had received 22 lead nominations before his death in 2001. The following year, Streep surpassed Jack Nicholson and Angela Lansbury, with six Golden Globe awards wins each, after receiving her seventh Globe for her performance as Julia Child in Julie & Julia (2009). In 2012, she broke her own record when she garnered her 26th nomination and overall eighth win for The Iron Lady at the 69th Golden Globe Awards. At the 74th Golden Globe Awards in 2017, she was nominated for the 30th time and received the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award. Streep has received 15 BAFTA nominations with two wins. She received her second Best Actress award for The Iron Lady at the 65th ceremony in February 2012, following her first win in April 1983 for her performance in Sophie's Choice (film) (1982).

In 1983, Yale University, from which Streep graduated in 1975, awarded her an Honorary Degree, a Doctorate of Fine Arts. The first university to award her an Honorary Degree was Dartmouth College, where she spent time as a transfer student in 1970, in 1981. In 1998, Women in Film awarded Streep with the Crystal Award, an honor for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. The same year, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1999, she was awarded a George Eastman Award, given by George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film. In 2003, Streep was awarded an honorary César Award by the French Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma. In 2004, at the Moscow International Film Festival, she was honored with the Stanislavsky Award for the outstanding achievement in the career of acting and devotion to the principles of Stanislavsky's school. Also in 2004, she received the AFI Life Achievement Award. In 2008, Streep was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. In 2009, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts by Princeton University. In 2010, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts, elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree by Harvard University. On December 4, 2011, Streep, along with Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins, and Barbara Cook, received the 2011 Kennedy Center Honor. On February 14, 2012, she received the Honorary Golden Bear at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. In 2014, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Malcolm Forbes

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (19 August 1919 – 24 February 1990) was an American entrepreneur most prominently known as the publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes. He was known as an avid promoter of capitalism and free market trade, and for an extravagant lifestyle, spending on parties, travel, and his collection of homes, yachts, aircraft, art, motorcycles, and Fabergé eggs.

Peace Pilgrim

Peace Pilgrim (July 18, 1908 – July 7, 1981), born Mildred Lisette Norman, was an American non-denominational spiritual teacher, mystic, pacifist, vegetarian activist and peace activist. In 1952, she became the first woman to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one season. She also walked across the United States, speaking with others about peace. She was on her seventh cross-country journey when she died. Starting on January 1, 1953, in Pasadena, California, she adopted the name "Peace Pilgrim" and walked across the United States for 28 years.

A transcript of a 1964 conversation with Peace Pilgrim from a broadcast on KPFK radio in Los Angeles, California, was published as "Steps Toward Inner Peace." She stopped counting miles in that year, having walked more than 25,000 mi (40,000 km) for peace.

Stephen Petronio

Stephen Petronio is an American choreographer, dancer, and the artistic director of New York City-based Stephen Petronio Company.Stephen Petronio was born in Newark, New Jersey, on March 20, 1956. He grew up in Nutley, New Jersey and received a B.A. degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he began dancing in 1974. Prior to pursuing a career in dance, Petronio studied pre-medicine before being inspired by the dancing of Rudolf Nureyev and Steve Paxton, with whom he studied contact improvisation. Petronio became the first male dancer of the Trisha Brown Company (1979 to 1986), and founded Stephen Petronio Company in 1984. He has gone on to build a unique and powerful language of movement in a career that spans over 25 years. Stephen Petronio Company has toured extensively across the United States and to 26 other countries throughout the world, with over 35 New York City engagements including 15 seasons at The Joyce Theater.

Petronio has worked with songwriters, musicians, and composers, including Rufus Wainwright (Bud, 2005, Bud Suite, 2006, and BLOOM, 2006), Laurie Anderson (City of Twist, 2002), Lou Reed (The Island of Misfit Toys, 2004), Michael Nyman (Strange Attractors, 1999), James Lavelle (Strange Attractors II, 2000), Wire (MiddleSexGorge, 1990), Diamanda Galás (#4, 1997), Sheila Chandra (Not Garden, 1999), Lenny Pickett (#3, 1986), Nick Cave (Underland, 2003), Fischerspooner (Beauty and the Brut, 2008), Jonny Greenwood (Ghostown, 2010), Ryan Lott (Tragic/Love,2009 and Singing Light, 2010), Nico Muhly (I Drink the Air Before Me, 2009), David Linton (numerous works, 1986–2001), Yoko Ono, his cousin Clams Casino (Locomotor, 2014) and the Beastie Boys.Stephen Petronio Company Repertory

He regularly collaborates with visual artists, including Cindy Sherman (The Island of Misfit Toys and The King is Dead, 1994), Anish Kapoor (Strange Attractors II), Donald Baechler (Extravenous and A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, 1997), Stephen Hannock (Not Garden, 1999), and Charles Atlas (Wrong Wrong, 1990), as well as fashion designers Benjamin Cho, Rachel Roy, Tara Subkoff/Imitation of Christ, Leigh Bowery, Tanya Sarne/Ghost, Paul Compitus, Michael Angel, Tony Cohen, Adam Kimmel, Jillian Lewis, and Manolo.

Stephen Petronio Company's resident lighting designer and long-time collaborator is Ken Tabachnick.

Petronio has been commissioned to create new works for numerous companies, including National Dance Company Wales, Ballet de Lorraine, William Forsythe’s Ballett Frankfurt (1987), the Tulsa Opera (1990), the Deutsche Opera Berlin (1992), the Lyon Opera Ballet (1994), the Maggio Danza Florence (1996), and the Ricochet Dance Company of London (1998)Stephen Petronio received a 1999 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. Petronio received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988, fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1985 and 2004, the first of the American Choreographer Awards in 1987, and a New York Dance & Performance Award (Bessie) in 1986. He has been awarded choreography fellowships from the NEA from 1985 to 1988, and company grants from the NEA, like the Advancement Program Grant in 1994. He also received the New York State Council on the Arts consecutively since 1988. In 2007 Petronio was inducted into the Nutley, New Jersey Hall of Fame.

Steven Massarsky

Steven J. Massarsky (21 Mar 1948 - 5 Oct 2007) was an American lawyer and businessman who founded Voyager Communications, parent company of the early 1990s comic book company Valiant Comics.Born in New Jersey, Massarsky held an A.B. in political science from Brown University and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Newark. He was a founding board member of the Brown University Entrepreneurship Program. He was also member of the Weehawken, New Jersey Hall of Fame.Massarsky first owned and operated an artist management company handling artists such as The Allman Brothers Band and The Wailers, and is responsible for launching the career of Cyndi Lauper. He next operated an entertainment law practice with such diverse clients as Nintendo, The Wailers, Cabbage Patch Dolls, the Psychedelic Furs, Collins Management, Aerosmith, Tom Chapin and Willie Mays.

Massarsky next co-founded Voyager Communications in 1989, with Valiant Comics growing into the third largest comic book publisher in the United States behind only Marvel Comics and DC Comics during the comic boom of the 1990s. The company was later sold to Acclaim Entertainment, with Massarsky remaining on as President and Publisher of the resulting Acclaim Comics.

He died from complications of cancer on October 5, 2007, aged 59.

Wellington Mara

Wellington Timothy Mara (August 14, 1916 – October 25, 2005) was the co-owner of the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) from 1959 until his death, and one of the most influential and iconic figures in the history of the NFL. He was the younger son of Tim Mara, who founded the Giants in 1925. Wellington was a ball boy for that year.

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