At the opening night of Bruce Springsteen A Photographic Journey, Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the Grammy Museum hosted a panel discussion with photographers Frank Stefanko, Eric Meola, Barry Schneier, Ed Gallucci and Danny Clinch. An interesting point of discussion was what Bruce had done to elevate the nation's, and the world's for that matter, impression of New Jersey. Bob, Frank and Danny are all NewJersey natives and commented how New Jersey had been the butt of jokes for years, sometimes even referred to as the "armpit of the nation". Bob Santelli told this story to make his point on what Bruce had done for the state.
When Bruce was signed by Columbia Records, he had been playing the Greenwich Village circuit at the time. Executives at Columbia wanted to position him as being from New York City. Bruce would have no part of that and insisted he be recognized as from New Jersey. So insistent was he to make sure his home state was recognized that he aptly titled his first album "Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ" and the placement of the postcard on the cover was his way of saying to the world that he was Jersey proud.