Around Town: These Newarkers made a name for themselves

By Barry Carter | The Star-Ledger
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on February 09, 2015

Sarah Vaughan is one of 350 Newarkers spotlighted in a book written by Guy Sterling, a former reporter of The Star-Ledger.


Surely, you know about Sarah Vaughan, the legendary jazz great, and Thomas Edison, who created the lightbulb.

And it's impossible to not recognize the names of NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal and playwright Amiri Baraka.

In case you were unaware, there's something besides fame that they have in common.

They're all from Newark.

But what about these figures, who also hail from New Jersey's largest city. Do any of these names ring a bell? Jackie Gleason? Marvin Hagler? Eva Marie Saint? How about Fanny Brice?

Former Star-Ledger reporter Guy Sterling brings all of them and many more back into the spotlight in his book, "The Famous, The Familiar and Forgotten: 350 Notable Newarkers."
He'll be talking about these boldface names tomorrow and signing copies, from 6 to 8p.m., in the fourth-floor auditorium of the Newark Public Library, 5 Washington St.

For more information, call the library at (973) 733-7784.

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