Back in June 2013, Montclair honored astronaut Buzz Aldrin with a a key to Montclair, a plaque at Montclair High School, and the renaming of STEM small learning community at the high school as the Buzz Aldrin STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Academy. In January 2013, Montclair honored baseball legend Yogi Berra by renaming Edgewood Terrace as Yogi Berra Way.
Jonathan Alter, in a Montclair Times guest editorial, says neither man, now age 85 and 89 respectively, has been properly honored by the town.
Says Alter: “Let’s face it: We will feel worse if they die before we give them their proper due.”
Alter wonders too why Aldrin was quoted as saying he hasn’t heard from anyone since his 2013 visit to discuss the possibility of naming a school after him. Back in 2005 there was buzz about naming a school after Buzz and again in 2006 when the new elementary school was named after Charles H. Bullock, there was talk back then about naming a school after Aldrin.
As far as Berra is concerned, Alter would like to see a park, or at least a baseball diamond, named after the Yankee great.
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