Monthly Meetings

Actor/Author Chris Lucas Headlines April 18 Meeting At Vitale’s, Teaneck; Elections Held

An actor and author, Christopher Lucas is also a lifelong fan of all things Disney. His admiration for Walt, and the company he built, led Chris to create a one-person show called “Of Mouse and Man,” which has been performed at several colleges, theaters and civic centers. He will be regaling us at our April 18 meeting at 6 p.m. at Vitale’s, 293 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, The cost is $25, and the GSJA will be paying for the wine. We owe a debt of gratitude to Dan Schlossberg for arranging for the speaker.

Chris has been certified by the Disney Company as a Disney Expert and his latest book, “The Top 100 Top Ten of Disney,” will be published by Globe Pequot/Rowan & Littlefield in the fall of 2018. He is the co-author of the best-selling book “Seeing Home, The Ed Lucas Story,” released by Simon & Schuster and Derek Jeter Publishing in April 2015. He is also a weekly contributor to the column “As I See It” in the Jersey Journal and on

Christopher has been seen in supporting, recurring and featured TV and film roles. He currently appears on stage eight times a week at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst. As the creator of such popular attractions as the “New Jersey Sopranos Tour,” “NYC Holiday Lights Tour,” “NY Yankees History Tour” and “Disney’s Enchanted New York,” Christopher has been profiled in People Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, NBC’s Today Show, The New York Times and several other national publications.

He lives in suburban New Jersey with his two young sons. His goal is to take a vacation someday that doesn’t involve a visit to a Disney theme park.

In addition we will hold our annual elections for the 2018-19 year. Our dinner that night will include two appetizers, a salad, a choice of two Entrées and two vegetables.


From the west, take I-80 east and get off at Exit 67 toward Bogota/Ridgefield Park. Continue onto North Avenue. Turn left onto Main St./ Queen Anne Road. Vitale’s will be on the right.

From the south, take the Garden State Parkway north and stay to the right to take Exit 129 for I-95 North. Keep staying on I95 North, following signs for the George Washington Bridge. Take Exit 70A-70B toward Leonia/Teaneck. Use the right lane to continue toward Degraw Avenue. Keep right to continue on Exit 70B, follow signs for Teaneck and merge onto Degraw Avenue. Turn left onto Queen Anne Road.

Llorente to Keynote Our 71st Annual Journalism Awards Dinner Wed., May 23, The Chart House

Elizabeth Llorente, senior reporter of Fox and much-decorated journalist, will be the keynoter at our 71st Annual Journalism Awards Dinner, May 23, at The Chart House, Weehawken.

Prior to joining Fox News in 2010, she was a senior writer at The Record, Hackensack, covering immigration and ethnic affairs. Liz joined The Record in 1980 and created the immigration beat there in 1994. While at the paper, she profiled dozens of ethnic communities, put a human face on complex issues through powerful narratives and exposed abuse and corruption that generated reforms at both the state and national levels. Her work has become a national model for race and ethnicity reporting, earning her the 2004 Career Achievement Award by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she returned to give the commencement address. She has been a freelance writer for more than a quarter century.

You don’t want to miss this gala evening as we salute the best journalists In New Jersey.

George N. Saliba, one of our three trustees and ticket chairman for the event, is accepting reservations now. The dinner includes a soup course, salad, choice of three entrees and dessert, as well as tea or coffee. The cost is $65 per person and there will a cash bar.

Make your reservation now by emailing your request to George Saliba, managing editor, New Jersey Business, at You can call him at 973-852-6229. And you can mail your request to George N. Saliba, Managing Editor, New Jersey Business Magazine, 310 Passaic Avenue, Fairfield, NJ 0700. Don’t delay. Make your reservation now.