Celeste Holm Passes - July 15, 2012
Celeste Holm, InfoAge National Broadcasters Hall of Fame Inductee, honored on Broadway upon her passing.
CAMP EVANS, WALL TWP, N.J.--The lights on Broadway were dimmed Wednesday, July 18, in honor of the late Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm, who was a 2007 inductee into the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame (NBHF) at the InfoAge Science History Learning Center and Museum in Wall Township. Broadway theater marquees were to go dark at 8 p.m. that evening for one minute in tribute to Holm, the Associated Press reported.
Holm, who died July 15 at age 95 at her apartment in New York City's Central Park West, gained fame onstage in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘‘Oklahoma!’’ and won an Oscar for her role in the movie ‘‘Gentleman’s Agreement.’’ In an acting career that spanned six decades, she played a host of memorable characters on stage and in movies and television. Holm is one of 97 inductees to date in the NBHF at the Wall site.
"We were honored to host Celeste Holm at InfoAge and induct her into the broadcast Hall of Fame here five years ago, " Fred Carl, the InfoAge Center director, said. "She was quite charming, gracious and appreciative of the distinction we conferred upon her. We're delighted to have this forum in our museum campus where we memorialize so many greats in the fields of broadcasting and entertainment such as Ms. Holm."
The InfoAge campus of interactive museums of information age technologies is located at the historic Camp Evans site---2201 Marconi Road in Wall Township. "The purpose of our museums is to enable the public including students of all ages to learn more about science and history in a historic atmosphere," Carl said.
The InfoAge Camp Evans site, where Guglielmo Marconi conducted some of the earliest wireless communications in 1913 and 1914 and where the U.S. Army conducted significant communications-electronics research and development from 1941 to 1997 (including radar development and the beginnings of the space age), is listed in both the U.S. and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places, Carl noted.
The museums on the InfoAge campus are open for public tours from 1 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.
The museums include: the New Jersey Antique Radio Club's Museum of Radio Technology (featuring exhibits and hands-on demonstrations of radio technology and the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame as well as exhibits and demonstrations of phonograph, sound reproduction, audio recording, television and satellite communications history and technology); the New Jersey Shipwreck Museum hosted by the New Jersey Historical Divers Association and featuring displays and artifacts from New Jersey shipwreck and maritime history; a Vintage Computer museum featuring computers and computer history from the 1940s to the 1980s with a hands-on computer laboratory hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists; an Apollo Space Program Guidance Computer exhibit featuring parts of a command module computer that traveled to the moon; and an Electronic Warfare museum.