California Hall of Fame - Ceremony (2008)

Ceremony (2008)

A formal ceremony, presided over by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver, was held at The California Museum on December 15, 2008, and was followed by a reception and a viewing of the exhibit. Introductions were given by presenting sponsors Chevron Corporation and Accenture. Museum Board Chair Dina Eastwood welcomed the Governor and First Lady.

Governor Schwarzenegger opened the reading of the citations. He presented Jack LaLanne, who in turn presented Alice Waters. Waters presented Ellen North, who accepted the award on behalf of her great-aunt Julia Morgan. North presented Linus Pauling, whose award was accepted by son Dr. Linus Pauling, Jr. Pauling read the citation for Robert Graham.

Graham was unable to attend the ceremony, so his son, Steven Graham stood in his place. Graham read Leland Stanford's citation, who was represented by great, great grand-nephew Tom Stanford. Stanford read Jane Fonda's citation, who in turn presented Dorothea Lange's award. Lange was represented by her son Daniel Dixon, who read the citation for Quincy Jones. Jones read Dave Brubeck's citation.

Brubeck began to read the citation for Jack Nicholson, but half way through the first paragraph tossed his planned remarks to the side and spoke about his personal encounter with the young actor. Nicholson remarked at the podium, "Everybody else discovers molecules and I'm a drunk in a bar."

Nicholson completed the ceremony by reading a poem in Seuss style dedicated to Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel.

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