Where can you find Debbie Harry from Blondie and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro embracing Bruce Springsteen after he jams alongside Steven Van Zandt, with author Harlan Coben, Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen and Joe Piscopo swaying in the background as astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly stand there, smiling?
More specifically, the New Jersey Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Springsteen was a surprise guest at the ceremony on Sunday night at the Paramount Theatre, which both welcomed the 17 members of the 2017 class and marked the 10th anniversary of the state hall of fame.
Streep, 68, who went to high school in Bernardsville, was actually chosen for the hall of fame 10 years ago alongside Springsteen, but like other would-be inductees – who are chosen by way of a combination of a public vote and the hall’s preference – hadn’t yet been able to attend the ceremony.
Debbie Harry of Blondie was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame’s 2017 class.
Quindlen, 64, who now works exclusively as a novelist, thanked the staff of the Home News, where she started as a “Copygirl” in New Brunswick, for giving her the knowhow that helped her power a remarkable career in journalism.
Joe Piscopo, previously inducted into the hall, introduced Leiter but also delivered an ode to New Jersey, talking about a particular flame he loves to see when passing the oil refineries on the New Jersey Turnpike.
The New Jersey Hall of Fame has no physical home apart from a mobile museum housed in a trailer.
In the meantime, thanks to a $400,000 Department of State grant and financial support from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the hall has an exhibit at Newark Liberty International Airport that includes an electronic wall of fame in Terminal C and “Hologram units” featuring astronaut Mark Kelly and Wyclef Jean.