There are some folks whose
achievements and notoriety are not easy to categorize. I don't mean to
belittle them in any way, but you can't have a separate page for every
category of achievement.
Felix the Cat
first drawn by New Jersey-born
Otto Messmer at night
and weekends in his New Jersey home, Felix
the Cat started out as a silent cartoon called "Feline Follies"
and branched into print, TVand
now the internet.
P. Holland - b. 1814 d. 1914
Born in Liscannor,
County Clare, Ireland, Holland
emigrated to the US in 1873. Known as the Father of the Modern Submarine,
Holland tested several of his designs in the Passaic River near where
he taught school in Paterson, New Jersey.
Kinsey - b.
1894 d. 1956
Alfred Kinsey was a zoologist at Indiana
University who gained fame for his pioneering research on human sexual
behavior. Educated at Bowdoin College and Harvard University.
b. 1874 d. 1937
New Brunswick, NJ
Born in Italy, Marconi
has been called the Father of Radio. Winner of a Nobel Prize in Physics,
he did much of his work
in New Jersey.
McDonnell - b. 1956
Patrick McDonnell is the cartoonist who does the syndicated strip "Mutts".
My favorite comic strip - some days I read it first, when I need a smile,
some days I read it last, when I want to savor it. Earl and Mooch never
Mr. Quincy Magoo -
This wikipedia article has about as much about Mr. Magoo as you could want to know, and that he is a Rutgers alumnus, Class of '03. The Fighting Magoos!
Thanks to Paulie F for this catch.
b. 1892 d. 1983
Union City, NJ
Creator of the
popular cartoon Felix the Cat.
Mundus - b. 1925 d. 2008
Long Branch, NJ
Famed shark fisherman, and, depending on who you talk to (Mundus
or Benchley), either the inspiration or one part of a composite for
the character Quint in the movie "Jaws".
- b. 1840 d. 1902
Born in Germany,
Nast is known as the father of American political cartooning. He came
up with the Democratic donkey and the Republican elephant. Perhaps his
best known work is what we consider to be the "true picture"
of Santa Claus.
Thomas Nast Society
Jersey City, NJ
Born Martha Kostyra
in Jersey City and raised in Nutley, the home-living guru has an almost
Thomas - b. 1932 d. 2002
Atlantic City, NJ
the founder of the Wendy's restaurant chain, was born in New Jersey, but
adopted by a couple from Michigan at age 6 weeks.
- b. 1857 - d. 1926
Liberty Corners, NJ
Henry Johnson, famous as a "freak
show" performer. Obviously not PC, but a part of NJ
history without question.
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