7 inducted into California Hall of Fame

12:45 AM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Museum honored inductees 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, designers Charles and Ray Eames, 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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