NJ Hall of Fame inducts Bobbi Brown

By mark-slade June 25, 2013

NJ Hall of Fame to Induct Makeup Tycoon Bobbi Brown

Brown will join fellow Montclair resident Yogi Berra and former resident Buzz Aldrin in the Hall of Fame.

By Teresa Akersten

Montclair’s make-up mogul is now a hall of famer.

Cosmetics tycoon Bobbi Brown was named a member of the 2013 New Jersey Hall of Fame Monday at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Brown joins the likes of Montclair residents past and present, respectively, hometown hero Buzz Aldrin and New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra.

Other inductees with Essex County ties include perennial nominee U.S. President Grover Cleveland, who was born in Caldwell and is the only president to be born in the state, comedian Joe Piscopo who was raised in North Caldwell and the late Whitney Houston, who started out singing in her church choir in Newark.

The inductees were announced by Aldrin who was part of the inaugural 2008 class.

The full list of New Jerseyans who will be inducted at a ceremony at the Izod Center planned for Oct. 21 are:

U.S. President Grover Cleveland
American revolution activist Thomas Paine
Filmmaking pioneer Alice Guy Blache
Sculptor J. Seward Johnson, Jr.
New Jersey Governor Tom Kean
Make-up tycoon Bobbi Brown
Inventor and radio & TV pioneer David Sarnoff
Philanthropist Ray Chambers
Vocalists & entertainers Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, and Celia Cruz
TV (M*A*S*H*) & film star Alan Alda
Comedian & film star Joe Piscopo
Track Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe Walcott
Multi-Super Bowl winning football coach Bill Parcells.

Buzz Aldrin Receives First Key to Montclair

Ceremony at Montclair High School recognizes hometown hero.

By Teresa Akersten
June 2, 2013

The kids love Buzz.
Buzz was surprised with the original trophy awarded to the state champion Mounties football team from his senior year at Montclair High School.
Aldrin was a center for the state champion Mounties when he was a senior at Montclair High School.
The monument outside Buzz Aldrin’s childhood home on Princeton Place in Montclair.
From left, Bob Russo, Montclair Deputy Mayor, Bill Hurlock, First Ward Councilman of Montclair and Sean M. Spilla, Third Ward Councilman, present the key to the city of Montclair to Astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
Buzz Aldrin holds up the key to Montclair presented to him on June 2, 2013 in his hometown of Montclair.
Buzz shares memories of growing up in Montclair with the audience.
Buzz graduated from Montclair High School in 1947.
Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson welcomes Buzz Aldrin to Montclair.
Buzz Aldrin takes in the applause from the crowd.
Maddy Thigpen, 15, of South Orange, gets to wear the NASA suit.
Maddy Thigpen, 15, of South Orange, gets to wear the NASA suit.
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Buzz Aldrin was handed the first-ever key to Montclair in the lobby of Montclair High School Sunday morning.
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Dressed in a gold blazer and space-themed tie, Buzz Aldrin was handed the first-ever key to Montclair in the lobby of Montclair High School Sunday morning.

Aldrin told those gathered how the Class of 1947 valedictorian inscribed his yearbook with a message which foreshadowed his future. Under the words “rockets to the moon,” he told Aldrin, “I’ll build them, you fly them.”

Twenty-two years later on July 20, 1969, Aldrin would become an American hero, joining Neil Armstrong on the first moon walk as part of the Apollo 11 mission.

Montclair at the time honored its native son with a parade along Bloomfield Avenue; a monument to “Montclair’s Man on the Moon” was also installed in 1969 in front of his family’s Princeton Place home.

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