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HEYDEN NAMED TO HALL OF FAME SCREENING COMMITTEE

MANALAPAN, NJ – May 26, 2015 – Robert Michael Heyden, affectionately known as Hollywood, has been appointed to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame Screening Committee.

Heyden, 58, was named to the six-year term on May 21, 2015 by Chris Tully, president of the United States Harness Writers Association.


Bob Heyden


Heyden, who was born in the Bronx and lived in Spring Valley, NY and River Vale, NJ before moving to River Edge, NJ in 1988, was elated to be selected.

“I’m happy to be part of the entire Hall of Fame process,” said Heyden. “There are few things to me that have been as constant-and as revered-as the Hall of Fame. I first went there with my friends in 1975 and loved it from Day One. I make a lot of the baseball-harness racing comparisons when it comes to the Halls of Fame. Each can keep an eye on the other in terms of staying current, public awareness and participation, and, most important, who goes in to each.

“I love to use the note that Joe DiMaggio, voted the Greatest Living Baseball Player in 1969, was not voted into the [Baseball] Hall of Fame his first two years of eligibility,” Heyden noted. “Nothing emphasizes how special the Halls are more than that.

“It is a process, the highest honor, and it takes a ton of work to even be considered for entrance,” he added. “I like all of that.”

Heyden, who was elected to the Communicators Hall of Fame in 2012, is a graduate of Rutgers University. After a year with Sports Eye [1983], he joined the cast of the Meadowlands Nightly Show in 1984. He worked for the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority for 27 years and is now a part-time commentator on the Meadowlands broadcast, extending his connection to the show to 32 years.

Heyden encourages the family and friends of those with Hall of Fame credentials to make their case for consideration, especially those who were “stars of 30, 40, 50 years ago” and might have gotten “lost in the shuffle.”

A statistician of racing facts and figures, Heyden plans to gather the data to present to his fellow screeners.

“In some cases it can be like a Cold Case File, a completely new set of eyes on something can often bring to light something the first group didn't see,” he said. “Looking forward to being receptive, pro-active and thorough as a new member of the Screening Committee. Just so long as everyone remembers that even 'Joltin Joe' had to wait his turn.”

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