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New Jersey has been influenced by the celebrated and the not so famous. Some have been born or resided in the state; others have not. Whether notable or ordinary, their stories are a part of the tapestry that is life in New Jersey.

Better Than a Philly Cheesesteak: The Actuarial Assassin

Posted on 29 September 2015

  The following introduction was delivered at the Actuaries Club of Philadelphia’s (ACP) meeting on Nov. 19, 2014:   “For the first time in the history of the ACP, the person who will introduce the health session speaker will get his own introduction. Let me repeat that —the person introducing the session speaker will get […]

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Primetime Personalities: TV Stars From NJ

Posted on 30 October 2013

They started in New Jersey and ended up in the homes of millions across the country.  According to, New Jersey natives are some of the most prominent figures on entertainment channels.  Whether they’re making us laugh, telling the news or putting their personal lives on display, these New Jerseyans shine on the small screen. […]

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The Real Truman Show

Posted on 27 February 2013

  In 1998, The Truman Show was a major motion picture box office and critical success.  It was the story of a young man living what appeared to be a normal life in his hometown of Seahaven, a tiny seaside village that was actually a complete television set built under a giant arcological dome.   […]

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Brownie Harris: The Man and His Photography

Posted on 08 August 2011

“One picture paints a thousand words.” While that statement is generally accepted as factual, it also hints at the symbiotic and yet distinctive relationships between art forms.  As time-honored representational art bowed to Expressionism, photography began to emerge as an artistic genre in its own right.  Since its inception and throughout its evolution, photography has […]

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Banjo Joe

Posted on 14 May 2010

I suppose you have heard of Mr. Bojangles, who danced his way throughout the American South.  Bojangles was immortalized in song by artists including Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  Our story concerns another famous music man, a local boy made good, known as Banjo Joe.  I first made his acquaintance […]

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Chef Boyardee

Posted on 13 April 2010

At the turn of the 20th century, America opened her doors to throngs of immigrants from Western Europe.  To the New World, each group brought their unique language and culture, creating ethnic neighborhoods nestled side by side in metropolises such as New York and Chicago.  Eventually, the neighborhoods bled into each other.  People opened to […]

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By Any Other Name

Posted on 12 April 2010

How many times have you met people bearing nicknames bound to haunt them for the rest of their lives?  This story is about one such person. Like Forrest Gump’s mysterious box of chocolates, Roy Riegels had no inkling, in childhood, as to what life would hold in store for him.  Other than the fact that Roy was […]

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An American Hero

Posted on 30 November 2009

We grew up in a neighborhood in South Philadelphia, bounded by Snyder Avenue to the north and the Philadelphia Navy Yard to the south and from Broad Street east to 7th Street.  It was an ethnically mixed neighborhood.  I lived in the 2400 block of Hutchinson Street, and he lived in the 2300 block.  As […]

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Janet Evanovich

Posted on 22 June 2009

“Some men are born to greatness, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”   When Shakespeare wrote that line, he failed to mention women as well as those who pursue greatness with a single-minded purpose.  But we must forgive him, for not even The Bard could have seen Janet Evanovich coming.  A […]

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WFAN’s Mark Chernoff: Unfiltered

Posted on 19 June 2009

It is an honor for WriteOnNewJersey to have communicated with Mark Chernoff, Vice President of Sports Programming, CBS Radio and Operations Manager of WFAN, past and current home to some of sports talk radio’s most distinguished luminaries in the genre’s pantheon.   He has graciously answered questions about his career in the medium, including his background […]

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