The inductees, announced today, are the late anthropologist and social scientist Gregory Bateson, actor Warren Beatty, football star Joe Montana, labor activist Dolores Huerta, the late designers Charles and Ray Eames, the founding brothers of Warner Bros., and Ishi, the famous American Indian.
At least one of the inductees - Bateson - impressed Brown long ago. While governor from 1975 to 1983, Brown appointed Bateson to the University of California board of regents.
"The Golden State shines brighter thanks to the talent and creativity of
these trailblazers," Brown said in a prepared statement. "Their contributions to
California are truly inspiring."
The annual Hall of Fame event was started by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver in 2006. Brown and Gust Brown will present medals to the living inductees and to family members of posthumous inductees at a ceremony on March 20 at The California Museum.
PHOTO CREDIT: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana is seen in this Jan. 12, 1990 file photo. AP Photo/ Jack Smith