Bruce Williams Zaccagnino

aka: Bruce Williams, Bruce Z. Williams
Moby ID: 22453

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Bruce Williams Zaccagnino Creator of Northlandz

The dream of the Great American Railway at Northlandz began over 25 years ago as the Williams’ first home was being built in 1972. As builders would leave for the day Mr. Williams would escape to the basement and begin erecting scenes for his new basement passion. Mountain passes were erected complete with bridges and buildings. Workers returning the next day, removed the new addition so they could continue their work. Bruce kept building the nightly exhibits. Thus was the beginning to a 24 year labor of love that has resulted in the worlds’ largest model railroad.

As developer, creator and artist behind Northlandz, Bruce Williams Zaccagnino has added several new skills to a long list of accomplishments. A concert musician, successful entrepreneur, multi-award winning computer software game developer and publisher (Perfect General, Solitaire’s Journey), Mr. Williams has spent a lifetime working at what he loves. Northlandz is a 16 acre world class attraction developed by Mr. Williams and his wife Jean. Included in this complex is a doll museum, La Peep Doll House, a 5000 pipe theater pipe organ; Which Bruce Williams plays) and art galleries throughout. The building is reflective of the couples lifelong commitment to art, expression, and creativity.

In 1977, after Mr. Williams inspired a fourth addition to his Flemington area home he was persuaded by friends to host an annual train show for a local charity. The weekend show was soon attracting 1,500 visitors daily. Several national television broadcasts as well as international T.V. coverage by German, Swedish, and Japanese stations contributed to the growing popularity. Thus born the idea for a year round attraction. Along with the art, music and doll displays future additions including an outdoor 1/3 scale train are already planned by the couple who admittedly cannot imagine doing anything else.

Mr. Williams was bestowed with the highest honor that is given by the Hindu faith, the "Maan Patra". This honorarium was presented to Mr. Williams in recognition of his 25 years of dedication to the creation of Northlandz. It was awarded to Mr. Williams by Swami Jagadishswarandandji at the Geeta Temple of Queens, NY in June, 1996 with thousands of worshipers of the Hindu faith in attendance.

"This is what we do" says Mr. Williams, who along with his wife’s steadfast support works 365 days a year in pursuit of this accomplishment "If you can create your own enthusiasm, you can do anything", he said, "If you maintain that enthusiasm you can do it well".

If Ralph Waldo Emerson is correct in that "Nothing great can be achieved without enthusiasm", than something spectacular has happened in Flemington.

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Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2: WW II Pacific Theater (2000, Windows) Product Planning
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 (1999, Windows) Product Planning
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator: WWII Europe Series (1998, Windows) Concept
Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 (1997, Windows) User Assistance
Card Players Paradise (1995, DOS) Designers
The Pure Wargame (1995, DOS) Game Design
Battles in Time (1995, DOS) Game Design
Machiavelli the Prince (1995, DOS) Producer
Perfect General II (1994, DOS) Designers
Origamo (1994, DOS) Design
Bridge Olympiad (1994, DOS) Original Game Design
Zig-Zag (1994, Windows 3.x) Produced by
The Grandest Fleet (1994, DOS) Original Game Design
Merchant Prince (1993, DOS) Game Design Consultant
Lucky's Casino Adventure (1993, DOS) Produced by
The Red Crystal: The Seven Secrets of Life (1993, DOS) Design
World War II: Battles of the South Pacific (1993, DOS) Designed by
The Perfect General: Greatest Battles of the 20th Century (1992, DOS) Original Game Design
Aces of the Pacific (1992, DOS) Technical Consultants
Battles of Destiny (1992, DOS) Game Design Consultant

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