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California > First 13 inductees for state Hall of Fame December 3, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts, Culture.

Amelia Earhart’s flight suit and helmet, Hewlett Packard’s first personal computer and Frank Gehry’s original sketches of Walt Disney Concert Hall are among the displays coming to the California Museum for Women, History and the Arts in Sacramento for an exhibition honoring the first 13 inductees into the new California Hall of Fame.

Gov. Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, who conceived the hall of fame, will induct the inaugural hall-of-famers Wednesday; the exhibition opens Thursday. Clint Eastwood, architect Frank Gehry, AIDS researcher David Ho, Billie Jean King, Sally Ride, Alice Walker and the Hearst and Packard families will attend the ceremony. Members of the Ronald Reagan, César Chavez, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart and John Muir families will accept the posthumous awards.

Other evidence of inductees’ contributions include the letter President Theodore Roosevelt wrote to John Muir before the two went camping in Yosemite, which led Roosevelt to make it a national park; a piece of the Berlin Wall that Ronald Reagan helped to topple; and the tennis racket Billie Jean King used to win her sixth singles title at Wimbledon.

For more information, call (916) 653-7524 or visit www.californiamuseum.org.

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