Eames Demetrios stands with California Governor Jerry Brown as he inducts Charles and Ray Eames into the California Hall of Fame.
From Governor Brown’s website:
Induction ceremony took place on March 20, 2013 at The California Museum in Sacramento, CA
SACRAMENTO – The Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown along with The California Museum announced the latest inductees to the California Hall of Fame today. Now in its seventh year, the California Hall of Fame honors individuals who exemplify California’s spirit of innovation.
The 7th class of California Hall of Fame inductees are: scientist Gregory Bateson; film legend Warren Beatty; visionary designers Charles and Ray Eames; labor activist Dolores Huerta; celebrated Native Californian Ishi; football hero Joe Montana; and motion picture innovators the Warner brothers.
“The Golden State shines brighter thanks to the talent and creativity of these trailblazers,” said Governor Brown. “Their contributions to California are truly inspiring.”
“I am honored,” said inductee Warren Beatty.
All living inductees and the family of posthumous inductees are scheduled to receive a “Spirit of California” medal from the Governor and First Lady in the official state ceremony on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The California Museum, located at 1020 O Street in Sacramento.
“Like our whole family, I am thrilled to represent my grandparents at their induction to the California Hall of Fame,” said Eames Demetrios, grandson of inductees Charles and Ray Eames. “Charles and Ray came to California in 1941 as newlyweds to pursue a vision of design where function and beauty were not in conflict, but together could serve the customer and the world’s greater good. Over seventy years later Eames Office continues to inspire people around the planet with the ideas of the Eameses.”
Inductees into the California Hall of Fame have made remarkable achievements across a variety of California industries and areas of influence including science, philanthropy, sports, business, entertainment, literature, technology, activism and politics. In addition to the ceremony, the new class of inductees will also be commemorated with an exhibit of personal artifacts highlighting their lives and achievements, which opens to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 21 at The California Museum.
“The California Hall of Fame is not just an official state ceremony,” said Richard Costigan III, Chair of The California Museum’s Board of Trustees. “It is also the Museum’s annual gala, providing funding for all of the non-profit institution’s operations, exhibits and educational programs for the entire year. We’re thrilled to honor yet another class of extraordinary Californians.”
Members of the public are invited to view the arrivals of the inductees and ceremony attendees on Wednesday, March 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in a public viewing area located at the corner of 10th and O Streets in front of the Museum. The induction ceremony will be broadcast in an hour long program on PBS stations across the state and viewable on the screening room of the Museum’s web site at CaliforniaMuseum.org in the summer of 2013, on a date to be determined.
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The California Museum honored inductees Charles and Ray Eames and including others ranging from football great Joe Montana to labor leader Dolores Huerta in the 7th year of the California Hall of Fame.
The gathering crowd couldn’t wait to see San Francisco 49ers legend and former quarterback Joe Montana, who stopped to sign autographs for a dazzled crowd of fans on his way in to Wednesday night’s event.
“I just played a dumb game for so many years and had a lot of fun doing it. I haven’t accomplished nearly what a lot of these people have,” the 4-time Superbowl champion said modestly.
Actor and Hollywood activist-inductee Warren Beatty shared stories about legendary Hollywood mogul Jack Warner, who was also inducted along with his three brothers. He recalled the time he was introduced by Warner early in his career.
“He came to the moment and I was a little nervous,” Beatty recalled, “and then he said, ‘Now, I would like to present to you, Werner Beeker,” badly mangling Beatty’s name.
Beatty later used the name for a company he founded.
Labor activist and co-founder of the United Farmworkers Union, Dolores Huerta was another inductee who made it clear she’s still a powerful activist during an interview on her way inside.
“They’re trying to wipe out the labor movement, but without the labor movement, we do not have a middle class,” Huerta said.
Also honored: anthropologist and systems theory pioneer Gregory Bateson
and Ishi – the man once known as, “the last wild Indian,” who walked out of the hills near Red Bluff near the end of the 19th Century.
Asked if he would someday join his father, former Gov. Edmund G. Brown, in the Hall of Fame, attendee Gov. Jerry Brown said, “I don’t think back. I want to think ahead. We got a lot of stuff to do in the next couple of years.”
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