Archive for the ‘Famous Jersey People’ Category

Apparently Batman is from NJ

According to this Buzzfeed article, a 1990 atlas of the DC universe revealed Gotham to be in Jersey.

#insert chris christie fatman joke here

Thruout NJ, historic black cemeteries are in poor condition

All across NJ there are historic black cemeteries, Many in poor condition

Bruce Springsteen named as other man in NJ divorce case

Judge will treat him just like any other witness

His songs champion the common man, and that’s exactly how a New Jersey judge plans to treat Bruce Springsteen, the accused homewrecker in a nasty New Jersey divorce case. The judge nixed a bid by Ann Kelly, whose husband named the Boss as the “other man,” to seal the proceedings. Tawdry details potentially involving the Garden State legend won’t be enough to keep a lid on the case, ruled Superior Court Judge Patricia Roe. “Family Court is not unique in presiding over cases that involve enormous, personal embarrassment,” Roe said. “Openness is the norm, not the exception.
“Mere embarrassment or a desire to avoid the potential criticism doesn’t suffice to make good cause.”

In pleading for secrecy, attorney Noel Tonneman told the judge, “There are going to be some very, very, very private details disclosed.” Springsteen denies intimate involvement with Kelly, and the judge didn’t mention him by name. Businessman Arthur Kelly, 45, claims his wife of 17 years committed adultery with Springsteen “at various times and places too numerous to mention.” He wants joint custody of their daughters, ages 13 and 10 and his soon-to-be ex to pay child support and for the kids’ college education.

After the brief hearing in the Toms River courthouse, neither Kelly nor his wife, who wore a severe black pantsuit and looked grim, would say anything. But Tonneman said, “My client denies the allegations…and we’d like the press to go away.” She said said Kelly was unable to return to the couple’s West Long Branch home because of swarming media. Arthur Kelly refused to say if he knew Springsteen. The Kellys marriage was marked by violence, and Ann recently filed a domestic-abuse complaint against her husband, according to her father, Steven Carton. The husband was charged with simple assault on March 3 and ousted from the family home in West Long Branch, police said. Information about disposition of case wasn’t immediately available. He now lives in Red Bank.

The 59-year-old Springsteen alluded to the case on his web site, telling fans, “I hesitate to use this Web site for anything personal … However, due to the unfounded and ugly rumors that have appeared in the papers over the last few days, I feel it shouldn’t pass without comment. Patti and I have been together for 18 years – the best 18 years of my life. Our commitment to one another remains as strong as the day we were married.”
The Boss, who has homes in pricey Rumson and Colts Neck, has strayed from marriage before. He was accused of seducing current wife Patti Scalifa, 53, in 1988 when she was a backup singer and he was still married to actress Julianna Phillips

first black voter in NJ

On March 31, 1870, Thomas Mundy Peterson (1824 – 1904) of Perth Amboy, New Jersey became the first African-American to vote in an election under the just enacted provisions of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution. He was born in Metuchen to parents that had been slaves owned by the Mundy family. He was a school custodian in Perth Amboy. He was active in the Republican Party and became the city’s first African-American to hold elected office, on the Middlesex County Commission. He was also the city’s first “colored” person to serve on a jury. Decades later, the school Peterson previously worked at was renamed after him.

In New Jersey, March 31st is annually celebrated as Thomas Mundy Peterson Day to mark the rights of all citizens to vote.

He is buried in St Peters Episcopal Church in Perth Amboy.

Frank Sinatra’s House

Frank Sinatra’s boyhood house will become a Sinatra Museum. Maybe. The newspaper article on the door is dated 1999, and the place doesn’t look close to becoming a museum… and this was in 2004 when I took these pictures…

>415 Monroe, Hoboken, Hudson County




The final resting place of John Holland

John Holland was born In Ireland in 1841. He entered a Navy submarine design contest, before joining up with a group called the Fenian Brotherhood. Their goal was to develop a small submarine that could be launched from under a merchant vessel, then return. The result of his efforts was the Fenian Ram that was launched in 1881. Holland and the Fenians had numerous differences, and they broke off working together. He designed and built numerous submarine prototypes but he suffered numerous financial difficulties and often sold his designs for less then his research costs. He eventually sold his company to the Electric Boat Company (now part of General Dynamics) forfeiting rights to most of his patents. He died broke but not forgotten.

John Holland is buried in Holy Seplechure Cemetery in Totowa.



the grave of Robert Erskine

The grave of Robert Erskine is one of about a dozen scattered near a small pond at Ringwood Manor. The Manor was once the home to one of the largest iron making companies in the region. During the American Revolution, Robert Erskine managed the plantations. He eventually became the principal mapmaker for General Washington, who visited the estate no less then 5 different times. Erskine died in 1780 and is buried near the pond where he lived. There are reports of ghost activity near the grave, and reportedly the bricks in the grave marker keep “jumping out”.

Read more about Robert Erskine at


The Lou Costello statue

Louis Francis Costello was born on March 6, 1906 in Paterson, N.J. In 1936 he met William Alexander Abbott on the burlesque circuit where he often worked as the straight man. Although they were popular locally, it wasn’t until they appeared on the Kate Smith Radio Hour, performing what would soon become known as their classic signature skit, “Who’s On First,” that they would find true stardom. Located in Federici park, this statue commemorates the famous “Who’s on First Routine” and the local comedian who performed it so well. Abbott & Costello are the only people in the Baseball Hall of Fame who never played, coached or had any direction connection the baseball.


The final resting spot of Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman is considered by many to be America’s greatest poet . Born in Long Island, he lived in New Orleans, and Washington DC before buying a house in Camden, NJ where he would remain till he passed away in 1892. Whitman is buried in Harleigh cemetery in Camden, and his birthplace is a historical and interprative center



Zebulon Pike was from NJ

Zebulon Pike the explorer who discovered the peak that would later be named for him, was from NJ