JERSEY CITY, N.J. - An award-winning pop singer and a former president who may be best known as the namesake of a rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike headline the state's Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
Apollo 11 astronaut and inductee Buzz Aldrin was on hand when the 16-member class was announced Monday at a news conference at Liberty State Park. The new members will be formally inducted during an Oct. 21 ceremony at the Izod Center in East Rutherford.
The new hall members are the singers Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick and Celia Cruz; the actors Alan Alda and Joe Piscopo; Super Bowl-winning New York Giants coach Bill Parcells; President Grover Cleveland; the Revolutionary War activist Thomas Paine; filmmaking pioneer Alice Guy Blache; the sculptor J. Seward Johnson Jr.; former Gov. Thomas H. Kean; makeup tycoon Bobbi Brown; inventor and radio and TV pioneer David Sarnoff; philanthropist Ray Chambers; track Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs; and world heavyweight boxing champion Jersey Joe Walcott.