Bruce Lee, Lester Holt, Buck Owens celebrated by California Hall of Fame
By Mark Anderson, Sacramento Business Journal
Sept. 29, 2015
The 2015 inductees to the California Hall of Fame include an actor, artist, astronaut, Olympian, anchorman, martial-arts icon, cartoonist and a singer.
Gov. Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown will induct the ninth annual group of Californians into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the California Museum in Sacramento on Oct. 28.
All the living honorees of celebrated Californians said they would attend.
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The inductees are:
Robert Downey Jr. — Best known as an actor with more than 70 movie credits, he is also a writer, producer and musician.
David Hockney — An influential English-born artist known as a painter, draftsman, photographer and print maker, among other talents. He has homes in Los Angeles and West Hollywood.
Lester Holt — A veteran national news anchor and journalist, Holt was born and raised in California. He graduated from Cordova High School and attended California State University Sacramento.
Bruce Lee — San Francisco-born Lee was an innovator of martial arts, which he parlayed into a television and film acting career.
Ellen Ochoa — As an astronaut, Los Angeles-born Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman to go to space on a nine-day mission on shuttle Discovery in 1993. She is the current director of the Johnson Space Center. She is an engineer and holds three patents.
Buck Owens — A musician and songwriter, Owens is credited for creating the twangy tradition of the “Bakersfield Sound” in country music. He performed on tour, at Carnegie Hall, the White House and for years as co-host on the television variety show “Hee Haw.”
Charles M. Schulz — The creator and illustrator of the comic strip Peanuts, with its iconic characters Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy, which ran original strips in newspapers for 50 years, ending in 2000. It is still running in reruns in many publications.
Kristi Yamaguchi — Born and raised in the East Bay, Yamaguchi won the figure skating gold medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics. She went on to tour with other skating stars, wrote two best-selling childrens books and was champion on the sixth season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
“These talented individuals with their unique set of accomplishments show the best of California,” said Brown in a news release. “Their creativity and perseverance are a real inspiration.”
The official state ceremony will be at 7 p.m. at the California Museum in downtown Sacramento.
In addition to the ceremony, inductees will be commemorated with an exhibition, which opens to the public Oct. 29.