New California Hall of Fame members include Harrison Ford, Tony Gwynn and George Takei
By John Myers, L.A. Times
Oct. 3, 2016
The newest inductees into the California’s Hall of Fame have traveled warp speed, knocked it out of the park and rocked a generation to earn their spots in the history books.
Eight men and women on Monday were announced by the California Museum as the newest inductees. They will be honored at a Nov. 30 event hosted by Gov.Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown in Sacramento.
The honorees include actors Harrison Ford and George Takei, former San Diego Padres slugger Tony Gwynn, author Isabel Allende, former U.S. secretary of Defense William Perry, Tower Records founder Russ Solomon and artist Corita Kent.
One member of the new class of inductees has also been a presenter of Hall of Fame members in the past: former California first lady Maria Shriver.
Shriver and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked off the Hall of Fame in 2006. In the years since, 96 men and women have been added to the museum’s rolls.
Takei, who portrayed Hikaru Sulu on “Star Trek” and has become a pop culture icon through a large Facebook following and political activism, is a second-generation Californian.
“To be inducted to join the inspiring trail blazers in the arts, industry, academia, sports and political affairs is an honor beyond words,” Takei said in a written statement.