NEW JERSEY (1958 to 1963):
Mr. Hopewell and his first wife, Jeanne, resided in Englewood from 1958 to 1963. Mr. Hopewell was the Founder and President of an acting group called the Foot Light Players. This group presented plays for the community and Bergin County. Two of his mentors and close friends were actor Caroll O’Connor (TV series: All in the Family) and his wife, Nancy.
Mr. Hopewell hosted international fundraising soirees for countries such as Liberia, Nigeria, and Ghana.
During this period, Bruce met and became friends with many famous musicians in Englewood, NJ such as Al Hibbler (vocalist) and Tyree Glenn (trombonist) with Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Marshall Royale and we all became friends.