I’ve argued for years that John Scher — New Jersey’s dominant concert promoter for decades, and “one of the inventors of the modern rock concert business,” in the words of NJPAC CEO John Schreiber — should be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. And now, he is at least among the 50 nominees for the class of 2019-20.
Other nominees include Eli Manning, Cissy Houston, Ernie Kovacs, Charles Addams, Fairleigh Dickinson, William Paterson, Gay Talese, Buddy Hackett, Flip Wilson, Mike Trout, Fran Lebowitz and the legendary editor who hired me to work for The Star-Ledger more than 30 years ago, Mort Pye.
Public voting is now underway online at njhalloffame.org/2019-nominee-voting.
The inductees will be announced in July, and a virtual induction ceremony is planned for October.
Here are the nominees:
ARTS & LETTERS
John Forbes Nash
Dr. George Theophilus Walker
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Sister Jane Francis Brady
Dr. Virginia Apgar
Nelson Family (Ozzie, Harriet & Ricky)
Mary Chapin Carpenter
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