Published in The Coast Star October 11, 2007 By  Dan Zomack on Page 15


 

      The National Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, which is based at the InfoAge Science & History Learning Center at Camp Evans in Wall, recently inducted four new members  Celeste Holm, Jane Powell, Margaret Whiting and Andy Williams  at their 30th Anniversary Induction ceremony.

     Infoage Director Fred Carl, who attended the Sept. 29 event, described it as a pleasant luncheon where “the stars [who attended] seemed flattered.”

     Ms. Holm and Ms. Whiting attended the event, while Mr. Williams had “sent a DVD acknowledging his induction and congratulating the others,” said Mr. Carl. Ms. Powell was unable to attend the event.

  While other induction cere­monies have been held in Hollywood and New York City  in the past, this one was held at the Hall of Fame itself as the center is currently being “revamped,” Mr. Carl said.

    “We may have another induc­tion in the spring and the fall,” Mr. Carl stated.

     The National Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame was originally located in Freehold, but moved to Los Angeles after many years. The center came back to New Jersey in 2001 and found a home at InfoAge.

     Ms. Holm was a Broadway and movie star, who later went on to work on a variety of televi­sion shows and won an Academy Award in 1947 for best supporting actress in the film “Gentleman’s Agreement.”

     Ms. Powell was a radio per­former from the time she was a child and made her film debut at 15 in “Song of the Open Road” in 1944. She went on to work in other movies, Broadway, televi­sion and concerts.

     Ms. Whiting has recorded over 500 songs and enjoyed 12 Gold Records. She has also starred on a number of Broadway productions.

Mr. Williams began his singing career at the age of 8, along with his brothers, in the Williams Brothers Quartet. He went on to become a regular performer on Steve Allen’s “Tonight Show,” as well as hav­ing a number of top 10 hits. His subsequent recordings were best sellers and resulted in receiving 18 gold and three platinum albums. He later starred in the popular weekly “The Andy Williams Show.”

The National Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame is open Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m.

     The museum encompass 48,000 broadcasts as well as a collection of artifacts, memora­bilia and exhibits, according to Mr. Carl.

InfoAge is located at 2201 Marconi Road in Wall. For more information, please call 732-280-3000 or visit www.infoage.org.

 


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