Bayonne native visits hometown for “60 Minutes” shoot

BAYONNE – Fantasy writer George R.R. Martin, who was born and raised in Bayonne, returned to his hometown on Thursday, Aug. 6 to shoot footage for a segment about him for an upcoming episode of “60 Minutes.”
Martin is the author of the fantasy epic “A Song of Ice and Fire,” brought to the television screen as “Game of Thrones” by HBO in 2011. His earlier TV work included the second “Twilight Zone” series and the first “Beauty and the Beast.”
During his day, Martin stopped by Mary J. Donohoe Grammar School on Fifth Street, the First Street Projects where he grew up, and San Vito Pizzeria on Broadway, where he had lunch with Mayor James Davis and Business Administrator Joseph DeMarco.
The Bayonne native’s writing has been highly praised.
“ … (It) is brilliant, poignant, and provocative,” said critic Jim Freund. “Martin has made bona-fide epic fantasy palatable to television producers.”
Martin was on Barbara Walters’ 2014 list of the ten most fascinating people of the year. –Joseph Passantino

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