A Big Night For 13 New California Hall Of Fame Inductees

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The red carpet was rolled out in Sacramento last night for 13 new inductees to the California Hall of Fame. 

As Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports, the fourth annual ceremony honored athletes, a movie director, a comedian and politicians...
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver hosted the event at the California Museum. 

Shriver says it reminds her of how special Californians really are...
Shriver:  “One of the things I love so much about this Hall of Fame is the diversity of the fields that all of these men and women have chosen...”
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Dozens of people lined up behind TV cameras as the inductees strolled down the red carpet. 

Among this year’s inductees are Star Wars film maker George Lucas...Air Force Test Pilot Chuck Yeager...and former California governor Hiram Johnson. 

Also honored--Joan Kroc of the McDonald’s restaurants...author Danielle Steel...and...Comedian Carol Burnett...who reminisced about growing up in Los Angeles...
Burnett:  “I was born in Texas but we moved to California when I was seven...back in the covered wagon days...and so later I went to Hollywood High School and then to UCLA...and I used to climb the Hollywood sign when I was a kid...”
Former Oakland Raiders coach and retired football broadcaster John Madden says he’s thrilled to be a new member of the California Hall of Fame...
Madden:  “You know I’m in other hall of fames, but this means something. Its about accomplishments in the state and its not about a sport...”
The late gay rights advocate Harvey Milk’s award was accepted by his nephew Stuart Milk. 

He noticed a handful of protesters outside the ceremony who held signs that read “Milk Was A Pervert...”
Milk:  “I travel the world talking about LGBT rights and this is actually more common in the rest of the world, a common treatment of the LGBT community and many other diminished and minimalized communities including women. And so this is a common reminder that we still have a lot of work to do...” 
Each member of the Hall of Fame receives a medal. 

And, there’s an exhibit at the California Museum too. 

In one corner, you’ll see a huge stack of books written by best selling author Danielle Steel. Another display features the Star Wars characters R2D2 and C3PO honoring director George Lucas.
**KXJZ ANCHOR OUTRO: You can see photos of some of the California Hall of Fame inductees at our website, capradio.org.