WESTFIELD, NJ — Famed creator of the Addams Family Charles Addams and Virginia Apgar, the creator of a clinical system for evaluating newborns, now share more than just their hometown of Westfield.

Apgar and Addams are both nominees in the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2019-2020. You can vote for them on the New Jersey Hall of Fame website. In Westfield, Addams is commemorated annually during AddamsFest, the town’s celebration of his life and works.

Born in 1912 and raised in Westfield, Addams was one of the country’s premier cartoonists, with his work prominently featured in The New Yorker. His most successful creation, The Addams Family, was inspired by his hometown surroundings, a biography posted to AddamsFest website states. The characters that began as illustrations grew into a television series, a live action movie franchise, a Broadway musical and an animated movie that hit theaters last October. 

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Apgar’s work, while not as entertaining, is no less important. Born in Westfield, the obstetrical anesthesiologist is best known for creating the Apgar Score, a clinical system for evaluating the physical condition of newborns with measurements of skin color, reflex, muscle tone and breathing. Apgar was born in 1909 and died in 1974.

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