SACRAMENTO, CALIF. - Jan. 23, 2013: The Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown along with The California Museum announced the latest inductees to the California Hall of Fame today. Now in its seventh year, the California Hall of Fame honors individuals who exemplify California's spirit of innovation.
The 7th class of California Hall of Fame inductees are: scientist Gregory Bateson; film legend Warren Beatty; visionary designers Charles and Ray Eames; labor activist Dolores Huerta; celebrated Native Californian Ishi; football hero Joe Montana; and motion picture innovators the Warner brothers.
"The Golden State shines brighter thanks to the talent and creativity of these trailblazers," said Governor Brown. "Their contributions to California are truly inspiring."
"I am honored," said inductee Warren Beatty.
All living inductees and the family of posthumous inductees are scheduled to receive a "Spirit of California" medal from the Governor and First Lady in the official state ceremony on Wed., Mar. 20, 2013, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The California Museum, located at 1020 O Street in Sacramento.
"Like our whole family, I am thrilled to represent my grandparents at their induction to the California Hall of Fame," said Eames Demetrios, grandson of inductees Charles and Ray Eames. "Charles and Ray came to California in 1941 as newlyweds to pursue a vision of design where function and beauty were not in conflict, but together could serve the customer and the world's greater good. Over seventy years later Eames Office continues to inspire people around the planet with the ideas of the Eameses."
Inductees into the California Hall of Fame have made remarkable achievements across a variety of California industries and areas of influence including science, philanthropy, sports, business, entertainment, literature, technology, activism and politics. In addition to the ceremony, the new class of inductees will also be commemorated with an exhibit of personal artifacts highlighting their lives and achievements, which opens to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Thurs., Mar. 21 at The California Museum.
"The California Hall of Fame is not just an official state ceremony," said Richard Costigan III, Chair of The California Museum's Board of Trustees. "It is also the Museum's annual gala, providing funding for all of the non-profit institution's operations, exhibits and educational programs for the entire year. We're thrilled to honor yet another class of extraordinary Californians."
Members of the public are invited to view the arrivals of the inductees and ceremony attendees on Wed., Mar. 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in a public viewing area located at the corner of 10th and O Streets in front of the Museum. The induction ceremony will be broadcast in an hour long program on PBS stations across the state and viewable on the screening room of the Museum's web site at CaliforniaMuseum.org in the summer of 2013, on a date to be determined.
For more information, please visit CaliforniaMuseum.org/california-hall-fame.