Office of the Governor and The California Museum Announce 9th Class of Inductees to the California Hall of Fame


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown along with the California Museum announced the 9th class of inductees to the California Hall of Fame today. The newest class of inspirational individuals will join 88 Californians previously inducted for exemplifying California’s spirit of innovation.

The 9th class of California Hall of Fame inductees includes: acclaimed actor Robert Downey Jr; celebrated artist David Hockney; journalist and news anchor Lester Holt; martial arts superstar Bruce Lee; space pioneer Ellen Ochoa; country music icon Buck Owens; legendary cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi.

“These talented individuals with their unique set of accomplishments show the best of California,” said Governor Brown. “Their creativity and perseverance are a real inspiration.”

Inductees and family members of posthumous inductees will receive a Spirit of California medal from the Governor and First Lady in the official state ceremony on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the California Museum, 1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

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, inductees will be commemorated with an exhibit of personal artifacts highlighting their lives and achievements, which opens to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the California Museum.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are delighted to honor another class of remarkable Californians,” said Chair of the California Museum’s Board of Trustees Richard Costigan III. “Each reflects the ingenuity and creativity that California represents and is world-renowned in his or her respective field, while as a class they reflect the diversity for which California is globally recognized.”

Members of the public are invited to view the arrivals of the inductees and ceremony attendees on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in a public viewing area located in front of the museum on the corner of 10th and O Streets. Immediately following the arrivals, a live webcast of the induction ceremony will be streamed on the museum’s website at beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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