Hunterdon Notables

July 18, 2021

Wyllis Cooper was a radio writer and producer, and is best remembered for creating and writing the old time radio programs Lights Out (1934–1947) and Quiet, Please (1947–1949) By the late 1920s he had entered radio, writing scripts for the NBC radio program Empire Builders. In 1934, he created ...

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Whittaker Chambers was an American writer-editor, who, after early years as a Communist Party member and Soviet spy, defected from the Soviet underground. He worked for Time magazine, and then testified in what became the Alger Hiss case for perjury. He worked as a senior editor at National Review.

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James "Pappy" Pinckney Miller was an American writer whose pen name was "JP Miller". He was a leading playwright during the Golden Age of Television, receiving three Emmy nominations. A novelist and screenwriter, he was best known for Days of Wine and Roses, directed by John Frankenheimer for ...

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Carolyn Rovee-Collier was a Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University, and was a pioneer and an internationally renowned expert in cognitive development. She was named one of the 10 most influential female graduates of Brown University. The International Society for Developmental Psychobiology ...

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Kate Whitman Annis is an American ice hockey executive, currently serving as director of operations for W Hockey Partners, the organization that oversees the league-owned teams in the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL). She is the daughter of New Jersey former governor, ...

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Charlie Murphy was a comedian, and comedy writer, and resident of Tewksbury Township. He was best known as a writer and cast member of the Comedy Central sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show and as the co-star of the sitcom Black Jesus. He was the older brother of actor and comedian Eddie ...

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Daniel Karcher lives in Union Township, and is an on-air broadcast announcer and film designer, best known as host for WBGO and his efforts on production of The Blair Witch Project and Family Guy. As a film designer, by circumstance Karcher was also a member of the team that created the social ...

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Billy Pauch​ ​is an American racecar driver. He resides in Frenchtown, New Jersey where he runs the Bill Pauch Driving School. Pauch attended Hunterdon Central Regional High School, ​right near the Flemington Speedway. Known for racing Modifieds, dirt small-block and big-block Modifieds, and dirt ...

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James Valenti is an American operatic tenor with an active international career specializing in leading roles in the Italian and French repertoire. He attended North Hunterdon High School before becoming a graduate of West Virginia University and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, ...

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Christine Todd Whitman served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey, from 1994 to 2001, and as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the administration of President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003. She is the first and only woman to be governor of New Jersey, to date. Christine ...

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Ford was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and became a boxer and football player at Notre Dame before transferring to midshipman school at Columbia University as part of his service with the United States Navy during World War II. His wife, then Eileen Otte, was studying at Barnard College and was, ...

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Horace G. Prall, a governor of New Jersey, was born near Ringoes, New Jersey in 1881. His education was attained at the State Model School, at Harvard University, where he graduated in 1906, and at New York University, where he earned an LL.B. degree in 1908.  After establishing himself as an ...

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Macari is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Macari founded and teaches in the Drew University MFA Program for Poetry & Poetry in Translation. She has also taught on the faculty of the Prague Summer Seminars.She is a member of the ...

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James Cozzens was a Pulitzer prize-winning American author whose work enjoyed an unusual degree of popular success and critical acclaim for more than three decades. Except for military service during World War II, he and wife lived in semi-seclusion near Lambertville and shied away from all but ...

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Jonathan Jennings was the first governor of Indiana and a nine-term congressman from Indiana. Born in Readington Township, he studied law before immigrating to the Indiana Territory in 1806. Jennings became involved in a dispute with the territorial governor, William Henry Harrison, that soon led ...

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Tucker Richardson is a graduate of Hunterdon Central High School, and plays point guard for Colgate University. He lead Colgate for the past two seasons into the NCAA March Madness tournament. His accomplishments on the basket court are just short of phenomenal. The 2020-2021 season Colgate was ...

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Jason C. Knapp grew up in Clinton Township and attended North Hunterdon High School. The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Knapp in the second round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He quickly became a top prospect in the Phillies organization. In 2009, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians.

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Kent Osborne is a graduate of Hunterdon Central High School. He's an American screenwriter, actor, producer, director, and storyboard artist for film and television. As a writer and storyboard artist for such animated television shows as SpongeBob SquarePants, Camp Lazlo, Phineas and Ferb, The ...

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Kyle Merber is a resident of Clinton, and a former American mid-distance runner who specialized in the mile and the 1500 meters. He was sponsored by Hoka One One and competed for the New Jersey*New York Track Club before retiring from the sport in 2021. Merber first attended Columbia University, ...

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Daniel Morgan was an American pioneer, soldier, and politician from Virginia. One of the most respected battlefield tacticians of the American Revolutionary War of 1775–1783, he later commanded troops during the suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791–1794. Born in Hunterdon County ...

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Sharon Mahn is a native of Flemington, and a graduate of Hunterdon Central High School. Her father, Ed Mahn, is a longtime business owner in town.  She is the founder and CEO of Mahn Consulting, LLC, a top international legal and executive search and consulting company. Lawdragon listed Sharon ...

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Katz started as an organizer for the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and rose through the ranks to become president of Local 1034 in 1999. Local 1034 was CWA's largest local union in the country with more than 16,000 members in both the public and private sector. Katz served as a ...

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Schneider was born in Califon in 1982, and played four years of college soccer at Princeton. In his four years at Princeton Schneider appeared in 69 matches and scored 7 goals and provided 8 assists. Schneider played with Central Jersey Spartans in the USL Premier Development League during their ...

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Daniel Karcher is an on-air broadcast announcer and film designer, best known as host for WBGO and his efforts on production of The Blair Witch Project and Family Guy. Karcher pursued a career in aviation, when at the same time hosted jazz and classical programs at Princeton University's WPRB.

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Christine Todd Whitman served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey, from 1994 to 2001, and as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the administration of President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003. She is the first and only woman to be governor of New Jersey, to date. Her parents ...

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John Penn served as Pennsylvania governor from 1763 to 1771 and from 1773 to 1776; he was the grandson of Pennsylvania founder William Penn. He held a one-fourth share in the Pennsylvania land his grandfather founded, 1771 until 1776, when the creation of the independent Commonwealth of ...

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Chris Kappler is a resident of the Pittstown section of Franklin Township, and is an American show jumper and horse trainer. He is an Olympic gold and silver medalist and the winner of over 100 Grand Prixs.  Kappler was named Midwest Rider of the Year in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1991. In 1989, he ...

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Christian Bauman is an American novelist, essayist, and lyricist who graduated from North Hunterdon High School. A former soldier, Bauman is arguably best known for his critically acclaimed 2002 debut novel The Ice Beneath You, about the return of a young American soldier from Somalia. Christian ...

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Jessica Vosk was raised in Clinton, and attended North Hunterdon High School. Her big break came in 2009 when she was cast as a vocalist for the live concert Kristina written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA and performed at Carnegie Hall and at London's Royal Albert Hall. Jessica ...

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Anna Case was an American soprano, who was born in Clinton. She recorded with Thomas Alva Edison, who used her voice extensively in "tone tests" of whether a live audience could tell the difference between the actual singer and a recording. In addition to recordings for Edison Records on both ...

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