CALIFORNIA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES – ON SCENE WITH BILL WILSON

BY BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson © 2009

A little bit of Hollywood glitter will descend upon Sacramento tonight as thirteen new inductees to the California Hall of Fame walk the red carpet to ceremonies.

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Spirit of California medal will be given each inductee.
Photo By Bill Wilson © 2009

The thirteen inductees include Carol Burnett, Andrew S. Grove, Rafer Johnnson, George Lucas, John Madden, Danielle Steel, Joe Weider, Chuck Yeager, Hiram Johnson, Henry Kaiser, Joan Kroc, Fritz Scholder and Harvey Milk.

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Amanda Meeker points to a stack of book by inductee Danielle Steel
during a press preview of the Hall of Fame 2009 exhibit.

Photo By Bill Wilson © 2009

On display in the exhibit to honor this year’s 13 inductees are items that tell their stories. Ranging from the large- a 1953 Kaiser Deluxe Traveler car, to the small – an original micro dot from 1968- each inductee contributions to California society and history are documented.

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R2-D2 and C-3PO greet visitors at the entrance to the Hall of Fame exhibit.
Photo By Bill Wilson © 2009

I admit that I find it fascinating to view historical items and there is a great variety of items in this exhibit. The Olympic torch used by Rafer Johnson to light the 1984 Summer Olympics flame, the 1977 Super Bowl trophy, the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to Chuck Yeager and ther one recently awarded to Harvey Milk.

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Harvey Milk’s Supervisor ID and silver pocket watch are among items on display.
Photo By Bill Wilson © 2009

Preceeding the red carpet event, First Lady Maria Shriver will award the two winners of the Dreamers Challenge, Radhika Mitra of Fremont, and Paul Tran of San Diego, $5,000 scholarships from Comcast.

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past five years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.

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