Closter's Favorite Son ?
Journeys into Closter
If you were trying to explain the essence of Closter to someone how would you do so ? (A future discussion). What do you take most pride in about the town ? In explaining Closter is there a favorite son to point to ?
On this issue of favorite son (daughter), the Wikipedia entry for Hackensack lists many prominent names for a variety of backgrounds. Some were natives, some moved and stayed here for a lifetime. Some were famous and called Closter home for just a short time.
Who would you pick ?
Here are some of my nominees:
- Abram Belskie (1907–1988), British-born sculptor who lived in Closter in his most prominent years, museum named after him.
- Bill Evans (1929-1980), jazz pianist and composer who mostly worked in a trio setting.
- Tom Gorman (1919–1986), Major League Baseball umpire.
- Helen Jepson (1904–1997), lyric soprano who was lead soprano at the Metropolitan Opera from 1935–1941
- Robert Lipsyte (born 1938), sports journalist and author.
Or is Closter captured by a place or a building ? Perhaps places like its classic train station (now a residence), its business district, the Revolutionary War residences or graveyard or the Lustron home (Circa 1950, Locally one of the thousands of prefabricated homes built using enamelized metal - many of them have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places - one is here) ?
What do you think ?