The author of Ragtime, the founder of the United Negro College Fund and even Jay Leno will make their way onto the New Rochelle Walk of Fame on April 27.
So, for that matter, will Mighty Mouse.
They and five others who lived in New Rochelle will be inducted onto the walk on the Library Green in a day-long event. (Technically, Mighty Mouse did not live in New Rochelle because he is, after all, a cartoon character. But he was created by Terrytoons, the animation studio that animator Paul Terry moved to the city in 1934. So while the smallish superhero didn’t live in the city, he was born there.)
The day, which is part of the city’s year-long 325th anniversary celebration, will include songs written about New Rochelle or by its residents and a panel discussion by those who have researched or written biographies of the city’s famous residents, such as dancer Irene Castle.
The events take place in the New Rochelle Public Library’s theater, named, fittingly, for Ossie Davis, the actor who lived in New Rochelle until his death in 2005.
Among the nine 2013 inductees, the first two come as a pair – composer Jerry Bock and writer Joseph Stein – who collaborated, with lyricist Sheldon Harnick, to create the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Bock and Stein lived in New Rochelle when they worked on the play, which opened on Broadway in 1964.
The other inductees are:
Nell Brinkley, an illustrator and cartoonist.
E. L. Doctorow, novelist who wrote Ragtime, Billy Bathgate and others.
Jay Leno…Yes, that Jay Leno. Host of the “Tonight Show.”
Frederick Douglass Patterson, founder of the United Negro College Fund.
Carl and Rob Reiner, father and son, television writers, directors and personalities.
And finally…Mighty Mouse (or his animator, Paul Terry.)
So be sure to save the day.
Here’s the release from the New Rochelle Public Library, complete with a list of other notables already honored along the Walk of Fame:
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