On The Red Carpet At The 2016 California Hall of Fame Ceremony

by Colt McGraw. Photos by Colt McGraw.

On Wednesday, November 30th the California Museum inducted their 10th annual class of Hall of Fame inductees. This honor is bestowed upon accomplished individuals who have made their mark on California's history.  

This year’s group included Maria Shriver, Harrison Ford, William J. Perry, Tony Gwynn, Isabel Allende, Russ Solomon, Corita Kent and George Takei. Guests and honorees greeted the press and fans as they made their way down the red carpet.


On a crisp winter evening, Harrison Ford was asked if he had a message for the fans. He teasingly replied, "Go home, go home!"  Fans had been waiting in the cold since the early morning to take first placement at the barricades.

Sacramento local Russ Solomon humbly repeated to interviewers, "I don't know what I'm doing here. I think they made a mistake."  

Maria Shriver was joined by two of her children as she warmly greeted enthusiastic reporters.  Shriver played an intricate role in developing the California Hall of Fame.  
Shriver was asked what it was like to now become an inductee. She explained, "It's like giving birth to a baby and watching the child grow."  A photographer asked if Shriver would remove her coat for a photo.  She quickly and happily replied, shedding the full-length fur lined coat to reveal a stunning golden gown.  

At 79, George Takei was proud to divulge that he came out of the closet because he had a "responsibility" to live his truth.  He also jokingly said that Harrison Ford was his rival because he is in ‘Star Trek’ and Ford is in ‘Star Wars’.

Brenna Hamilton, Communications and Marketing Director shared that preparations for the ceremony take months.  If you get a chance to attend the event next year, I would highly recommend it.

In the meantime, The California Museum has created a landmark exhibit for the Hall of Fame that will include a display of personal artifacts loaned by the inductees.

The California Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday and closed on holidays.  Admission is $9 and special rates apply for children and seniors.  For more information visit: californiamuseum.org.

Colt McGraw is a freelance writer in Sacramento, and frequent contributor to Outword. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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