Don’t delay: Elect John Cunningham to the NJ Hall of Fame

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We don’t usually endorse candidates. But we’re making an exception for John Cunningham.

The late author and historian deserves your vote for induction into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. You have until June 20, 2014, to cast your ballot online.

John, who died just before his 97th birthday in 2012, wrote more than 50 books about the Garden State. One of his final works, The Uncertain Revolution, inspired the public television documentary, Morristown: Where America Survived.

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The late John Cunningham, author of 50 books about New Jersey history, got a standing ovation from the North Jersey American Revolution Round Table in Morristown in 2010. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Thanks to John’s clear, crisp prose, generations of schoolchildren know that New Jersey is more than the punchline to a joke.

His book The Miracle on South Street is a moving testimonial to the community’s rescue of the Community Theatre in Morristown.

The Morristown High School graduate  enjoyed a long career at the Newark News before devoting himself full-time to writing books.

A lifelong Yankees fan, John probably would have laughed at the notion of “Hall of Famer” being attached to his name.  As a second baseman at Drew University, he once noted, he was pretty good with the glove…but couldn’t hit the curve.

But John Cunningham was a hit with readers.  In our book, he is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Read tributes to John Cunningham here; watch people speak about him here.


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