New Jersey Hall of Fame welcomes 10 new members

Associated Press Modified: June 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm •  Published: June 9, 2012
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Actor Michael Douglas, author Joyce Carol Oates and basketball coach Bob Hurley were among 10 new members inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Also welcomed into the hall during a ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center were New York Giants owner Wellington Mara; the late actor-activist Christopher Reeve; jazz singer Sarah Vaughn; media mogul Samuel I. Newhouse; Olympian Milt Campbell; Wild West Show sensation Annie Oakley and condensed soup inventor John Dorrance.

Hurley, who has coached at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City for 39 years, said high school coaches don't expect such accolades. He's won 26 state championships and more than 1,000 games during his tenure at the school.

"For all of us in high school coaching, I think we share this," Hurley said.

Oates, a longtime Princeton professor, has earned a National Book Award, a National Humanities Medal and Pulitzer Prize nominations. But she said local awards are especially thrilling.

"It's very nice to receive awards that are close to home," she said. "Other awards are kind of abstract."

And Barbara Johnson, Reeve's mother, said her son would have been excited to be honored as an entertainer. The "Superman" star grew up in Princeton and starred in nearly every stage production at his high school before becoming an advocate for stem-cell research.