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Jersey Joe Walcott (left) swings at Rocky Marciano in 1952. Marciano won this fight.
Jersey Joe Walcott (left) swings at Rocky Marciano in 1952. Marciano won this fight. (AP)

New Jersey Hall of Fame inducts both Thomas Kean and Thomas Paine, plus Grover Cleveland.

Posted: June 26, 2013

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.

Besides announcing the new members, Hall of Fame officials also unveiled a mobile museum that will show the way inductees have changed the state and the world. It features a multimedia exhibition that includes images, artifacts, film, and interactive elements.

The web-based New Jersey Hall of Fame does not have a permanent home, so officials turned to the architect and inductee Michael Graves to design the mobile museum. Hall of Fame Foundation Board chairman emeritus John Keegan calls it a "field trip on wheels."

The New Jersey Hall of Fame has operated online since 2008. Among its members are Toni Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Yogi Berra, John Travolta, and Queen Latifah.

The mobile museum is based on a 53-foot, 850-square-foot trailer that was paid for with roughly $500,000 in donations.

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