Governor & First Lady Participate in 2008 CA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
And now I'd like to introduce representatives of our presenting sponsors. Peter Robertson, the vice-chair of Chevron and Jens Egerland, Accenture's managing director for the state of California. (Applause)
PETER ROBERTSON: Well, good evening, ladies and gentlemen. As a longstanding California company we are proud to support a program that recognizes the contribution of each honoree to California's rich heritage. The California Hall of Fame is a celebration of human energy, high performance and ingenuity, which are all attributes that Chevron not only identifies with, but recognizes as the main drivers in the continued evolution of this great state which we have called home for almost 130 years. It's our privilege to be part of this event, and I thank you very much for the honor. Thank you. (Applause)
JENS EGERLAND: Thank you very much. As those of you who live in California, I don't have to tell you how proud we are to live in a state that is known throughout the world for its creativity and innovation, and certainly the folks that we are honoring here today embody that creativity and innovation and California helped shape that creativity and innovation. At Accenture we are dedicated to high performance and I'd like to congratulate all of the inductees today as the high performers of today. Thank you very much. (Applause)
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the board chair of the California Museum, Dina Eastwood. (Applause)
DINA EASTWOOD: Thank you so much for being here at our home away from home, we'd like to think of it as. You are at the California Museum, my name is Dina Eastwood. I'm still in shock and awe about being the board chair this year, but I am very proud to be here. We'd like to present you tonight with a true group of legends who reflect California's rich history, our unique influence on the entire world, the state, the nation, the town that you come from. We have a group that reflects ideas, innovation, art and culture. I think no field is left unturned, and we should all be so proud to just be in the room tonight.
Before we get rolling we'd like to introduce some very special guests this evening and thank them for being here tonight; we know that you're all very busy people and we've got some dignitaries who took some time out of their calendar tonight.
- First of all, Governor Gray Davis. (Applause)
- Our California Treasurer and fellow Fremontonion, Bill Lockyer. (Applause)
- Lt. Governor John Garamendi. (Applause)
- The Honorable John Vasconcellos. (Applause)
- And our Secretary of State, Debra Bowen. (Applause)
Before we continue we'd like to just quickly acknowledge the tremendous leadership at this museum, without which this place could not exist -- a lot of people putting in a lot of hours. We'd like to thank the California Hall of Fame Committee, our Chair Pat Splinter on that committee, thank you, Pat. Our fellow board members at the Museum for History, Women and the Arts and the California Hall of Fame selection Committee do such a great job picking such varied, wonderful people. (Applause) Thank you.
Also, we've got incredible presenting sponsors, who you just met, who step up to the plate. Despite the way the economy looks they have made us who we are this year and made this event possible. We'd like to thank Chevron Corporation once again, represented by Mr. Peter Robertson, the vice-chairman. Thank you, Peter. (Applause)
And, as you just met, Accenture, represented here tonight by Jens Egerland, the managing director for the California Public Service Practice. Thank you so much again. Without those two groups our year-round education is not possible. We educate tens of thousands of schoolchildren here every year and a lot of people don't realize that, so that's one of our most important missions.
Before we move on we're going to quickly recognize some of our past winners. We've got a few here in the room tonight. Somebody I know and love, Clint Eastwood, class of 2006. (Applause) Behind him, the gorgeous Rita Moreno, class of 2007. (Applause) And some beautiful family members of some of our past honorees: Margaret Mondavi. Mrs. Mondavi, thank you. (Applause) Peter Salk, son of Jonah Salk, thank you. (Applause) Bob Warren, son of Earl Warren. (Applause) Thank you, Bob. And we have Ross Hanna, the grandson of John Muir, in the room tonight. (Applause) We'd also like to thank Steven White and Johnnie Giles of Comcast for all their support as our media partner. Every time you see Comcast, think of the museum. They're helping us out a lot here. (Applause)
So the real program is the brainchild and the passion of one special person, and you all know her and we know her and love her too. Her passion for reinvention and her creativity really redefine so many things in this state, things that none of us will ever know about. And her passion for the museum is endless, it's the reason we're here. She is a great leader, she's a great wife, a great mother. And I'll say she's kind of like a mother to the state of California, and we've been so lucky to have her as one of our guiding influences. Ladies and gentlemen, the First Lady of the state of California, the gorgeous Maria Shriver. (Applause)
MARIA SHRIVER: Thank you, Dina. I want to thank you so much for being the chair of this museum. You have done an extraordinary job. Dina has been a friend of mine, and we're both former journalists -- I don't know why you quit your job, but anyway. And I'm really glad that Clint is playing Mr. Ruiz for the evening. He's doing very well, carrying her phone, and I tried to get him to carry her bag, but -- slowly, slowly. But anyway, you've done a great job. See, if he can do it, Arnold can do it eventually, so I'm really -- just kidding. (Laughter) Not really, but you know.
Anyway, I want to acknowledge First Lady Sharon Davis, who I see over there. Thank you, Sharon, so much. (Applause) She was a fantastic First Lady of this state, and I know was also very passionate about this museum and so many other projects here in Sacramento.
Patty Garamendi, who is an extraordinary public servant, I want to thank you so much also for being here. (Applause)
I want to reiterate our thanks to the great sponsors who make this evening possible in a tough economy. Museums across this country are hurting, and we depend on these museums to educate our children, to educate ourselves and to educate people about states like California. So I want to reiterate how grateful we are to the sponsors who make this evening possible, because really I think so many -- as Dina was saying, so many kids come through this museum. Kids across the state of California spend the entire fourth grade curriculum studying their state, and one of the goals of the Hall of the Fame is really to inspire young people to color outside the lives and to dream their passions.
And as I always like to say, none of these people went into their field of work with the goal of being famous. They followed their passion, they followed their dreams, and as a result, because they did it well and they went for the long haul, they became famous. And I think when young people come through and learn about these inductees and the people of last year, many of whom are here, and the people of 2006, they will say wow, I can do something too. Because these inductees were not born famous. They had to work, they had to dream themselves.
And I often like to say that they all have had tremendous inner strength. There is nobody who can work as hard as these people have worked and make their mark on history without extraordinary inner strength, because the road is long, the road is filled with lots of ups and downs and tribulations, and people have to be willing to hang in there. I often say to our children to come and look at these people and learn about them, because they will learn about people who dared -- who dared.
And very often young people grow up today and they think, well, it's normal for a woman to want to be an astronaut, or it's normal to be Billy Jean King. Well, it wasn't normal, and these people really risked a lot to achieve what they achieved, and that's why this evening is so inspirational to me.
And it's so inspirational to me because I grew up on the East Coast and my parents thought I was nuts to move to California. They thought it was one large hot tub. (Laughter) My mother used to always say, "Well, that's how you all think in Hollywood."
I said, "Mummy, I don't live in Hollywood."
She goes, "Oh, well, they're all on the beach in Hollywood."
And I think one of the goals of this exhibit and this evening is to really show the world the diversity of people who live and work in California. And I think, as Dina was saying, the museum, the board, really makes an effort to acknowledge the diversity of people who are working in this state from so many fields. Tonight we have medicine, we have architecture, we have the arts, we have entertainment, we have politics. And really, I say to people to come to California, you can do anything in this state. I don't care where you've come from, when you come here you can dream, you can dare, and you can be accepted.
And I was listening to Quincy Jones outside in the press line and they said, "What does it mean? You've been honored everywhere."
And he said, "Well, this is the Kennedy Center of the west." He said, "No, let me strike that. It's actually even more important, because you're being honored by your home." And so many of us go away from home and yet, to be honored, to come back, to do your work and have your home state say to you you've done well is really, I think, a great honor for the people that you're going to meet tonight.
So it's my honor to introduce them, but I just wanted to say that I think Dina mentioned Comcast and they had a challenge this year, and I want to just introduce a woman named Elena Morado, who is here with her mother. Elena, where are you? There she is. She won a $10,000 scholarship tonight. (Applause) They asked people, what would you do to get inducted into the Hall of Fame? And she wrote an essay about wanting to start a nonprofit to help children whose parents had died fighting for their country in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. And there were lots of really incredible essays, and she won, and Comcast decided to double the scholarship to $10,000 so that she can go to school and, I hope, continue to make her dream a reality.
And one day -- the goal really is that everybody who comes through this museum will be encouraged to dream their dreams and make them reality, and one day, because their dream has passion and because their focus has meaning, they'll end up in the California Hall of Fame.
So once again I want to thank everybody who is in the Founders Circle, who supports this evening. This museum is very near and dear to my heart. I'm so glad that it includes women in the story of California, women posthumously and women who are still working to make it an extraordinary place. That was one of the goals I had in coming here to Sacramento. I had a few other ones, but that was an important one, to remind people that women were instrumental in making this state the state that it is today.
And so it's a great honor for me to introduce the inductees into the California Hall of Fame for 2008.
- Let me begin with Alice Waters, the legendary Alice Waters. (Applause)
- Followed by Julia Morgan, represented by her great-niece, Ellen North. Alice Waters. Ellen North is representing Julia Morgan, one of the great architects of all time.
- Dr. Linus Pauling is represented by his eldest son, Dr. Linus Pauling. (Applause)
- Leland Stanford, represented by his great-great grandnephew, Tom Stanford. (Applause)
- The legendary Jane Fonda. (Applause)
- The equally legendary Jack LaLanne. (Applause)
- Dorothea Lange, who is represented by her eldest son, Daniel Dixon. (Applause)
- My great friend, the legendary Quincy Jones. (Applause)
- The legendary Dave Brubeck. (Applause)
- Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, represented by his widow, Audrey Geisel. (Applause)
- The legendary Jack Nicholson. (Applause)
Ladies and gentlemen, these are the 2008 inductees into the California Hall of Fame. (Applause) Bravo. You can sit down. And I also didn't mention, but here, Robert Graham is also an inductee into the 2008 Hall of Fame, which is -- you can sit down, Jack. (Laughter) I've waited a long time to say that. Although Jack and I are in the College Advisor classes together, and he's always in the back of the room with me going, "What did they say?" I'm like, "I don't know, I have no idea." Anyway, back to school night.
But I just wanted to mention that our great medal is designed by the incredible Robert Graham, who is represented here tonight by his son Steven Graham. And Robert ended up in the hospital today, over the weekend, so our thoughts and prayers are with him, and we're honored that he's being represented by his incredible son and his great partner in Eureka, who has been very helpful and supportive to me. So I want to thank you for being here tonight for Robert.
And now it's my pleasure to introduce the man who picks the inductees, who are, as I said, nominated by the board and the committee here at the Hall of Fame, who do such an incredible job. Claudia French runs the museum, the board is here. They make a big effort, they get all kinds of suggestions. One of the things I love about the Hall of Fame is people always debate who is worthy, who should be in, why aren't these people in?
And the job of picking the people that get inducted into the California Hall of Fame goes to another man who is extraordinary dreamer who never does anything the way he's supposed to do it, always colors outside the lines, always dreams bit, always thinks positive and thinks California is the greatest place on the planet. So ladies and gentlemen, your Governor, my husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Applause)
GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER: Well, thank you very much, Maria for the wonderful introduction. And first of all, let me just say thank you to some of the people that are here today, like Governor Davis and Sharon Davis, thank you very much, and of course Lt. Governor Garamendi and Patti, and Secretary of State Bowen and Treasurer Lockyer. I don't think he ever showed up. I think that he's still busy trying to sell the bonds. (Laughter) But anyway, it would have been great if he was here. I always like hanging out with him. (Laughter) Yeah, he's fun. (Laughter)
Then, of course, Clint and Dina Eastwood, thank you very much. Look at him, Clint. He's all pumped up. (Laughter) I like your style. Carrying the purse, I want to see that. (Laughter) Just don't do it, because then I have to do it, okay? I just want to make sure.
And then Rita Moreno, I want to thank you also. And then we have families of all the inductees, we want to thank them all for being here today. Then my Cabinet Secretaries, other legislators that are in there in the audience, I want to thank you all.
And I want to thank, of course the sponsors, Chevron and Accenture, both of them. And I agree with Maria says, that we would not be able to do this event without the sponsors. And of course both of them, Chevron and Accenture, both of them have been extremely generous and we want to thank them both, so let's give them a big hand again for their great contribution. (Applause)
Now, this is such a special evening and we have to, of course, thank Maria for that, because Maria has been working on this for many, many years. And Maria has always a great vision, and I think this evening is just a great representation of her great vision and for all the hard work she's doing, so let's give her a big hand for the great work that she is doing. (Applause)
I think maybe because Maria comes from a very successful family, I think that's why she likes successful people, people not only that are successful, but that are great, and people that are giving back to the community, give back to their state and to their country and to the world, and this is what these inductees all represent here. And she also is very much aware that in order to become great you have to take great risks, risks of failure, and you have to have a great vision and have the passion in your belly and the fire in your belly and all of those kind of things. And this is why she is so passionate about recognizing the trailblazers who dream and lead and act, and that is why she created this Hall of Fame here, that we are celebrating here, and we are celebrating the essence of California.
California leads the way, of course, across the nation and throughout the world in so many different areas, if it is in politics, if it is in arts, entertainment, music, sports, business and science and the list goes on and on and on. So anyone that gets inducted here in this Hall of Fame is not only the best in California but automatically the best in the world, so we want to make sure of that because we are the greatest state. (Applause)
And I have discovered that in California, as in life, all things are possible. I'm living the American Dream since I have gotten here to America. California made all of this possible. I came here with just a few dollars in my pocket and with some sweat clothes -- and they were sweaty, let me remind you -- but I had a lot of dreams, a lot of big dreams. And because of California all of my dreams became a reality.
And tonight I see so many fantastic people who also are big dreamers, so I feel so lucky to be in the presence of such unbelievable legends here today. Dave Brubeck, Jane Fonda, Robert Graham -- who is not here, but I know Robert Graham, I'm a very good friend of his, and I'm a big admirer of his sculpture. And Quincy Jones, who is here, Jack LaLanne, Jack Nicholson, Alice Waters.
And of course we have inspirations who are no longer with us, who we honor with their induction tonight into the Hall of Fame also, if it is Theodor Geisel, Dorothea Lange, Julia Morgan, Linus Pauling and Governor Leland Stanford. They're all innovators, they all are risk takers and they all are filling our history books.
And tonight I had the choice of who did I want to be the one that I wanted to introduce here, because I'm always the first one to introduce an inductee. And I looked through the list and I picked, of course, someone that I've admired for a long time and was a big motivator, and that's Jack LaLanne, because -- (Applause) Because he is someone, when I came over here in 1968 that I saw on Venice Beach. I remember, even though I'd seen him in a lot of magazines beforehand, but I saw him on Venice Beach doing chinups and dips and pushups for one hour straight without ever stopping. And no one could follow that routine, so I knew that he was the greatest. And, of course, we became very good friends, and we served then on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and also on the Governor's Council on Fitness.
But the interesting thing about Jack is that he opened the first modern health studio in the United States. He designed the earliest versions of exercise equipment that we use today when we think about the Nautilus machines and the Cybex machines, actually Jack LaLanne was the one that designed the first equipment. He set also the world record for doing the most pushups. And he swam, handcuffed and shackled, towing 70 boats with 70 people inside. On his 70th birthday, may I remind you. (Applause)
And he swam the Golden Gate Channel towing a 2,500 pound cabin cruiser. And Jack has also written many fitness books, appeared in films and fitness videos, made the Power Juicer famous and had television's longest-running exercise show. When I talk about the longest-running exercise show, I'm talking about he had it running for 34 years. Think about it, 34 years his exercise show ran. (Applause)
Even though his critics said that it would only last a few weeks, Jack did not listen to them at all. As a matter of fact, he listened to his heart, he listened to his great partner and wonderful wife, Elaine, and he listened to his instincts, he listened to his own research and evidence.
He has always been way ahead of his time. Jack discovered decades ago that nutrition and exercise are the secret to a long life and a healthy life. That's something that everyone knows today, may I remind you, but in those days no one knew that, and science has proven him actually correct. Jack found the fountain of youth, and look at him today. He is 94 years old -- 94 years old, that's right. (Applause) And he has done all of this, he has done all of this with a great attitude. This man loves life, let me tell you. He believes that in life anything is possible if you make it happen, and I'm a big believer in that too. And that's why I admire him so much and admire his attitude.
So the state of California honors Jack LaLanne, who inspired millions and millions of people and helped create the modern fitness craze with his living example, that's staying active and eating right is truly the fountain of youth.
So, ladies and gentlemen, let's bring him out. Jack LaLanne. Thank you very much. (Applause)
JACK LaLANNE: What can I say? I feel like a June bride that's pregnant. (Laughter) Yeah, I'm really nervous. And I want to tell all this wonderful group tonight, if there were more people like you, it would be a better world.
You know, most great chefs create a menu; Alice Waters created a movement. It is a culinary revolution called 'California Cuisine', and it's genius. It is simplicity. In a fast food nation, Alice Waters in a slow food champion. She has made an art of using only locally grown fresh ingredients to create simple meals bursting with complex and complicated flavors and textures.
You know, she was born in Chatham, New Jersey. Waters earned a degree in French Cultural Studies from UC Berkeley. She went on to study in London and travel in France, where she had a culinary epiphany while eating a simple dinner in Brittany. "I'll remember this dinner 1,000 times," she says. "The trout had just come from the stream, the raspberries from the garden. It was immediacy that made those dishes so special."
By 1971 she was back in Berkeley serving those immediately provocative meals to the diners in her restaurant, Chez Panisse, where the simple fixed-price menu using high-quality, locally grown seasonal ingredients changes daily. The restaurant was an instant success and more than three decades later continues to be ranked among the best in the world. Think about that.
But it is more than a restaurant; it is home of a movement. The Chez Panisse Foundation underwrites educational programs such as the Edible Schoolyard, which involves students in growing, harvesting and preparing healthful food. And there was a School Lunch Initiative -- listen to this. Oh, here we go. Sorry. Elaine? She inspires to integrate nutritious daily lunch and gardening experience in the curriculum of all public schools.
Waters also was the author of eight books -- think about that, eight books -- and the Sustainable Food Project at the American Academy in Rome and vice president of the Slow Food International, a nonprofit organization that promotes local food traditions.
The state of California honors Alice Waters for her contribution to our health and wellbeing through her culinary excellence. And here she is. Give her a hand. (Applause)
ALICE WATERS: I'm so touched by the offering of this award by Jack LaLanne. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. It was a beautiful, beautiful reading.
And I'm very honored to be asked to say a few words here, to read the citation for Julia Morgan. She's a heroine of mine. In many ways her work is original, masterful and enduring. The buildings designed by Julia Morgan represent a time when California matured from wild, untamed frontier to a sophisticated, cultivated, industrious, creative force.
But Julia Morgan's greatest accomplishment isn't the work; it is that she did it at all. Born in San Francisco in 1892 and raised in Oakland, Morgan became interested in architecture as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley. At the urging of one of her professors, after graduation she moved to Paris to apply for admission to study architecture at the all-made Ecole de Beaux Arts. It took two years and three tries, but she shattered the barrier and she became the first female admitted to the school. Imagine that.
Shortly after the turn of the century she was back in California as the state's first female architect. By 1904 she had opened her own office, and after the Great Earthquake in San Francisco in 1906 Morgan was instrumental in the renaissance. Among her many notable accomplishments was overseeing the rebuilding of the Fairmont Hotel, which she managed to do in one year.
In her 47-year career Morgan designed more than 700 buildings, many of them admired public buildings such as the YMCAs in San Francisco's Chinatown, Oakland, Riverside, the last of which is now the Riverside Art Museum.
Other notable commissions include the Asilomar conference grounds at Pacific Grove, the Mills College bell tower and St. John's Presbyterian Church right there in Berkeley.
But Morgan's most famous work was done for her greatest patron, William Randolph Hearst. She designed dozens of buildings for Hearst, but none more important, lasting and treasured than the Hearst Castle at San Simeon. She worked on it for 28 years and she created a masterpiece that will endure for centuries as California's most magnificent edifice. I've always wanted to swim in that pool. (Laughter)
The state of California honors Julia Morgan for her groundbreaking work and for her life. Thank you. (Applause)
ELLEN NORTH: Thank you so much. Julia would have appreciated this award very much.
At the end of the last millennium, many lists were compiled. Among them was one by the journal New Scientist, which endeavored to determine the 20 greatest scientists of all time. Listed among those giants, right there with the greatest thinkers of all time, with such as Galileo and Newton, were only two scientists who did their work in the 20th century, Albert Einstein and Linus Pauling.
From the time he enrolled as a teenager in what is now Oregon State University, through his doctoral studies at Caltech until his death at 93 in his Big Sur home, Linus Pauling devoted himself to comprehending the incomprehensible. He was one of the first scientists to work on the esoteric edges of developing fields like quantum chemistry, molecular biology and orthomolecular medicine. His work was profound enough to make him the only person to have won two unshared Nobel Prizes, and yet it was basic enough to impact the daily lives of everyday people.
The first Nobel, for chemistry, was awarded in 1954 for Pauling's work on the nature of chemical bonding. The second, the Nobel Peace Prize, was awarded in 1962 for his long and ultimately successful campaign to outlaw above-ground nuclear weapons testing. Scientific advances that we now take for granted were made largely because of the genius and work of Linus Pauling. His research into protein structure led to the discovery of DNA. His pioneering work in molecular genetics enabled him to identify sickle cell anemia as a molecular disease.
Fifty years ago, Pauling and his colleagues at Caltech conducted the first test that showed automobiles, not factories, were the primary cause of air pollution. And then they developed the first modern electric car, the Henney Kilowatt, in 1959. Fifty years later, it still seems like a good idea, and maybe its time has come.
And even towards the end of his long life, well into his 80s and 90s, he continued to court controversy and search to unlock science's mysteries with his research into vitamin C and its beneficial effects on the human immune system and fighting cancer.
The state of California honors Linus Pauling for his tireless brilliance and courage. (Applause)
DR. LINUS PAULING: Thank you, Ellen. Robert Graham has earned international renown and acclaim for his monumental sculptures of the human form both at rest and in motion. His civic monuments include the startling and confrontational Olympic Gateway nudes at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C., the Duke Ellington Memorial in New York City and the 24-foot high representation of Joe Lewis' fist and forearm in Detroit.
Born in Mexico City, Graham studied at San Jose State University and the San Francisco Art Institute, from which he graduated in 1964. In the years since, his work has been the subject of more than 80 solo exhibitions and three retrospective shows in the United States, Europe, Japan and Mexico.
Public installations of his sculptures are on view at numerous locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle, and the marvelous bronze gates at the entrance of the Contemporary Museum in my now hometown, Honolulu, Hawaii.
He is to the art life of his time in Venice, California, what Michelangelo was to another time in Italy; a giant devoted to ceaseless creation. Graham designed the National Medal of Arts presented by the president of the United States, the Spirit of Liberty Award presented by People for the American Way, and the Spirit of California Award presented by the Governor.
In 1993 Graham received the ACLU Freedom of Speech Award and the California Governor's Award for his outstanding contribution to the arts. In 2003 he received the award of the Commander of Merit of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. In 2005 the Hope of Los Angeles Award at the Latino Heritage Month, City of Los Angeles and, as was mentioned earlier, the author of tonight's medal.
And now, unfortunately and regretfully, Robert Graham is not able to be here. But the state of California honors him for his exaltation of the human form, and representing him is his son, Steven Graham. Steven Graham? (Applause)
STEVEN GRAHAM: I'm honored to accept this award on behalf of my father.
There was a time when California was primarily a grand idea. It took people -- dedicated, ambitious, imaginative men and women -- to transform the grand idea, the California idea, into a magnificent reality. Foremost among those people was Leland Stanford.
In 1852, Stanford, a lawyer trained in New York and admitted to the bar in Wisconsin, came west determined to stake his claim to a piece of the California Gold Rush. In the next decade he opened a general store in Placer County, became Justice of the Peace, helped organize Sacramento Public Library, cofounded Central Pacific Railroad, and was elected Governor of California. He was just getting started.
By 1869, Stanford, one of California's 'Big Four' railroad magnates along with Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins, Collis P. Huntington, would realize the dream of a transcontinental railway line over the Sierra Nevada. On May 10th of that year Stanford himself hammered in the famous 'Golden Spike' in Promontory, Utah.
Over the years he was instrumental in the creation and development of the Pacific Union Express Company, Wells Fargo, the Southern Pacific Railroad, the Occidental and Oriental Steamship Company which connected Japan and China to California, two wineries and one of the state's first great thoroughbred horse breeding farms, the Palo Alto Stock Farm.
In 1885, Stanford returned to public service when he was elected to the United States Senate and in 1891, two years before his death at 69, he transformed the Palo Alto farm into perhaps his greatest contribution, the Leland Stanford Jr. University. It was named in honor of his only child who had died as a teenager of typhoid.
On October 1st of that year the university admitted its first student, Herbert Hoover, who 38 years later would become the 31st president of the United States. The state of California honors Leland Stanford, our eighth governor and transcendent tycoon, for a life of grand ambitions accomplished. (Applause)
TOM STANFORD: A daughter of old Hollywood and a trailblazer in her own right, controversial, accomplished, beloved, begrudged, Jane Fonda has lived more lives than most of us can imagine, all of them in this time and place.
As an actress she projected the majesty of Hollywood royalty and the accessibility of a girl named Jane. Always, she has danced precariously on the cutting edge. As Kimberly Wells in the China Syndrome she gave an Oscar nominated performance warning of the threat of a meltdown at a nuclear plant before Three Mile Island.
With a confident wink and a knowing nod, Nine to Five exposed the gender inequities and insidious sexual harassment in the workplace before it was part of national conversation. Seven times Jane was nominated for Oscars; twice she won, for her portrayal of the steely, professional call girl Brie Daniels in Klute, and for Coming Home's Sally Bender, who embodied a nation conflicted and complicated feelings towards the war in Vietnam and the men who were sent to fight it.
Fonda's protests against that war have left some with similar conflicted and complicated feelings towards her, but always she has been an honest, courageous and unrelenting advocate for social and political change and for those less fortunate and blessed than she has been.
In the 1980s she revolutionized the country with the release of Jane Fonda's Workout Videos, encouraging women and girls to get physical and fit, like men and boys. There were 23 videos in all, along with 13 audio recordings and five books. The original video remains the top-grossing home video of all time.
Today she focuses her attention. with the same unrelenting force and energy as ever, on environmental issues, human rights and the empowerment of women and girls.
The state of California honors Jane Fonda for her influential work and inspiring life. (Applause)
JANE FONDA: I am deeply, deeply honored.
In small, personal, candid photographs, Dorothea Lange told unforgettably epic stories of Americans displaced and forgotten during hard times. Taken during the Great Depression and World War II, taken more than a half century ago, her photographs retain an intimate immediacy. Even now, they demand your attention and require your reaction. They do the work of all great art and of the best journalism; they make you think and they make you feel. The photographs invade the soul and haunt the memory. In the hands of Dorothea Lange the Graflex camera was the pen of Steinbeck or the brush of Hopper. Her art is eternal and important.
Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, a place that sounds like hard times, Lange contracted polio at age seven and was left with a lifelong limp. After studying photography as a young woman in New York City, in 1918 she moved to California and opened her own portrait studio in San Francisco. She made her living taking the pictures of the city's wealthy and fortunate, but was moved, with the onset of the Great Depression, to turn her lens from the studio to the street.
Her studies of the unemployed and the homeless attracted the attention of the Federal Resettlement Administration, which hired her in 1915 to document rural poverty. One of Lange's masterpieces, Migrant Mother, a portrait of 32-year old Florence Owens Thompson huddled with her three daughters in a lean-to, was taken in 1936 in a migrant labor camp in Nipomo, California. It is an image of strength, yearning and need so powerful that it convinced many of the need for government programs to aid the dispossessed.
In the 1940s she continued to search for meaning and purpose in her work. She recorded the lives of Japanese-Americans forced unfairly into internment camps during World War II. She preserved forever minorities and women working together in wartime industries. Always, her work remained a photographic fanfare for the common men and women who make America great.
The state of California honors Dorothea Lange for her enduring art of texture and meaning. Accepting for Dorothea Lange is Daniel Dixon. (Applause)
DANIEL DIXON: If my mother were here tonight, I'm sure we would have been delighted and astonished to read the words on this piece of paper, which describe the career of a man whose middle name is Delight.
The word 'impresario' is wholly inadequate when it's used to describe Quincy Delight Jones, Jr., but it fits as well as any other you might choose -- conductor, composer, musician, producer, arranger, author, executive, entrepreneur, visionary, humanitarian -- because it includes them all and leaves a little room for something else.
Out of Chicago by way of Seattle, Quincy Jones found a home in Los Angeles and enabled California to give the gift of his genius to the world. By the time he was 18 Jones was playing the trumpet in Lionel Hampton's band. Before he was 20, he was arranging songs for artists Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie and Duke Ellington and Jean Krupa and Ray Charles. And later would come Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee and Dinah Washington and Michael Jackson and Miles Davis, among many others. Quincy has scored more than 33 motion pictures and produced countless albums, including Michael Jackson's Thriller, the biggest seller of all time.
He was the force behind We are the World, the man who asked dozens of artists to check their egos at the studio door and raise tens of millions of dollars to fight famine in Ethiopia. He's produced movies and television shows. He's fought against racism and injustice all his life, and fought for decency and the less fortunate since the day fortune smiled upon him and bestowed the opportunity. He's built homes in South Africa and a music festival in Chicago. He's endowed a chair at Harvard and cofounded the Institute for Black American Music.
He's done it all, and he's won it all, a record 79 Grammy nominations and 27 Grammys and seven Oscar nominations and an Emmy and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and France's Commandant of the Legion of Honor -- which is written here in French, and which I can't pronounce -- and America's Kennedy Center and the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master.
And now there's another honor. The state of California honors Quincy Jones, its most impressive impresario. (Applause)
QUINCY JONES: Wow. It must be true that you pick up speed when you get over the hill. (Laughter) Thank you, I'm really honored.
In 1958, when things were hottest during the Cold War, the United States government chose Dave Brubeck and his quartet to spread their own patented brand of 'American cool' and make international relations just a little bit better. Brubeck toured the Soviet Union, Poland, Iran, Iraq, played his piano, spoke the international language of jazz and established a standard for musical diplomacy.
It really wasn't anything new to Brubeck; he'd been setting musical standards all his life. The Dave Brubeck Quartet was the world's most popular jazz band for more than a decade. It's Take Five is the bestselling jazz single ever. I remember that, Dave. I was a little kid. (Laughter) His experimentation with time signatures fundamentally changed the way jazz, the most American of musical forms, is played and established California as the center of jazz in America.
Born and raised in Concord, Brubeck graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, even after one of his professors discovered that he could not read sheet music. The school was afraid granting him a degree would cause a scandal, but relented when he promised never to teach piano. (Laughter)
Education's loss was the world's gain, though, and a few years later, after serving as a rifleman in General Patton's Third Army during World War II, Brubeck formed a quartet with his Army buddy Paul Desmond, a saxophonist, and took up residence at San Francisco's Black Hawk Nightclub. Helen Noga, right? Was Helen Noga the owner then? The same lady as Johnny Mathis, my God.
From their base of operations they conquered the musical world, without a doubt. Brubeck made records and set records and used the popularity of his music for the greater good. He fought discrimination by canceling dates of concert promoters and nightclub owners if they asked them to replace the quartet's bassist, Eugene Wright, an African-American, great bassist, with a white musician. He warmed up chilly international relations with 'Cool Tours'. He used the syncopated beats to fight for harmony after the killings at Kent State and Jackson State ruptured America in the early 1970s.
The state of California honors Dave Brubeck, the avatar of diplomatic cool. (Applause)
DAVE BRUBECK: With his roguish brow, twinkling eye and sly smile, Jack Nicholson always has done much more than just handle the truth. He has revealed the truth, conveyed the truth, and became the truth in every character he's played for the last five decades. From Jimmy Wallace 50 years ago in Roger Corman's The Crybaby Killer, to Garrett Breedlove in Terms of Endearment 25 years later, he's found the essential truth and told us a little about ourselves and our predicament.
I'm going to skip some of these things, because they're so long, and tell you a predicament that involved Jack. I was touring with my band in the southwestern states, and rather than move every night to a different hotel we settled into one hotel where we could go, play and come back, live kind of a normal life -- kind of.
Now, one night when we came back to the hotel, the owner and the manager said to me, "Dave, we've got a predicament, a problem. I want you to help me."
I said, "Well, what's the matter?"
"Well, there's a bunch of actors that have checked into the hotel with a film crew, directors, a whole colony of people. And as they register no one talks about how they're going to pay." (Laughter) "And when I try and find out, I get nowhere. They'll say, 'Oh, a bank in Hollywood is going to send the money.'" (Laughter) "'Or Columbia Records, or Columbia Films will be sending it.' Right now they're all in the dining room and they've eaten all the food we have in this restaurant, and now they're headed for the bar." (Laughter) "Now, Dave, I want you to do me a favor. You go into that bar, keep your ears open, and find out what you can find, before I call the police." (Laughter)
So, I went to the bar. Fortunately there was one empty barstool, so I thought that's where I sit, I'll ease up there. And just when I got near, the guy on the next barstool stared at me like I've never had a stare before. I said to myself, "I'm not talking about paying the hotel bill with this cat." (Laughter)
So, I sat down and faced away from him. Now, I felt like there was a rattlesnake ready to coil and strike me sitting right behind me. Now, pretty quick the hair on the back of my neck was standing up, great fear because of the look this guy had given me. It was like a look I'd never seen. I saw it years later, though.
But I thought, I'll go back to the owner of the hotel, said, "Now, the last thing you want to do is call the police. (Laughter) What I suggest you do is you treat these guys as if they're the president of the United States. And you wouldn't ask the president how he's going to pay, or you wouldn't look for somebody else in this entourage to find out who's going to pay. Just forget about asking these guys anything if you want a hotel here tomorrow." (Laughter)
He said, "Well, they've got motorcycles and they tried to drive into the lobby. And some of them said they want rooms on the ground floor so they could bring their bikes into the room during the night. Now, you expect me to do that?"
And I said, "You better help them push their bikes into their rooms. There are some rough guys out there, but they're also nice. I've been listening to what they're saying. That guy next to me, he breaks up whenever there's anything funny. He has the greatest laugh. Or, if there's some serious question, he's very human in his responses. You're not going to have any trouble with these guys. Just let them do what they want, and you'll have a hotel tomorrow."
I went to a movie a few years later and on the screen came this great, penetrating, wonderful-looking but scary guy. And I said to myself, that's the same guy that was next to the barstool with me. I'm so glad that I didn't say anything to him, because his looks can kill you if he wants them to.
So, ladies and gentlemen, it is with great honor that the state of California honors Jack Nicholson for five decades of unforgettable cinema truth. (Applause)
JACK NICHOLSON: Okay. Not everybody else discovers molecules on a drunk in the bar. (Applause) That's fame for you. I've worked out with Jack and (Inaudible) look at me.
Well, you know, it's such a nagging temptation on this special occasion to take a bit of this time to say something in rhyme. Not cloying, but clever, I hope. It's just the kind of pretense he'd warn us against.
With m-hmm, no, no. No, no, M-hmm, nope.
Comparisons are odious, you should know that, you dope.
Nonetheless, I'm going to do it, no matter how inadvisable,
Because today we honor Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel.
The man generations of children came to adore,
Was born in Chile, Massachusetts in 1904.
Childhood, grammar school, Dartmouth College,
Living life, getting a little bit of knowledge.
At just 21, his writing begun, must have been fun,
Called Birdsies and Beasties, and he did it in a weekly.
Amazing. Not weakly, as opposing to strong,
But I guess I digress. Let's move along.
So he moved out west, where he created his magical formula,
Did it no less than La Jolla, California.
La Jolla, the canyon, facing the ocean,
With white sands, white caps, waves in perpetual motion.
And lots of sun and multitudinous flick-tongued flicking lizards.
No holly, no reindeers, no snow, no blizzards.
So it wasn't no synch, creating that infamous Grinch.
That cleptomaniacal yuletide iocal, that meany, selfishy, greeny, that Grinch.
But that didn't stop him.
The doc went on and topped him.
He wrote something -- I don't know what he wrote there, Jacky,
Don't be so gosh-doggit wacky.
He topped him by writing that slightly nefarious, wildly dexterious,
Stripey, stovepipey, cat with a hat.
And thing number one, plus number two, and the red box with locks filled with objects galore,
And more and more, and more.
More meaning bubbles beneath the narrative surface,
Gone, read Green Eggs, and If I Ran the Circus.
Doc's books numbered oh, 60 plus,
All of them dizzy and nifty to us.
Full of hilarious stuff.
And oops, well, I'm suddenly feeling enough is enough.
So with profound apologia my intro must end.
The time has come to loudly and proudly commend.
So with hoorah, boorah, siss bam baroorah,
We the state of California.
With no further poetic slop, slyly obtuse,
We are delighted to honor the one and the only, the world's Dr. Seuss.
AUDREY GEISEL: I said that I would come and say nothing, but I'm a woman and that is just too difficult. I see you all out there. You're receptive, you're looking very pleasant, and I have this desire to tell you certain things about Ted. He was a man of many parts. People have said that before about other people, but he was a man of many parts.
Most of them he did not share. But he had a way of writing something and not telling me what it was, but just coming into the room and saying, "I've got it." And I learned, when he did that, I wasn't supposed to ask what. It just started him out, if he could let me know he had it, and he always did. And it was always just right.
But he was interested in politics, he was interested in many, many other things, but somehow he worked it out that his other interests, he could put forth in the Seussian manner and a child could see it, understand it and go forth with it.
I was up too close to see that he was to become an icon. When you're very close to someone you miss certain things, and I think I missed certain things. But as time goes on, those things that I might have missed then, I've found since. And he's not going to leave. He's going to be there every time a parent reads to a child, he's there, and it goes on. And I'm very proud of the time we shared.
And thank you all tonight, particularly our Governor and his First Lady, for recognizing those things. So I'm a woman, I said I wouldn't say a thing tonight. And I didn't, did I? (Applause)
MARIA SHRIVER: Ladies and gentlemen, the 2008 California Hall of Fame inductees. (Applause) Once again, I want to thank all of you so much for attending. To the honorees I want to say thank you so much for making the trip to Sacramento. I think there are a few people who haven't been here before. Everybody on this stage is incredibly busy, everybody on this stage gets asked to do so many things, and from the bottom of my heart I want to thank everybody for taking the time to be here this evening, for letting us honor you, and by so doing I think we honor all the people of California.
And I want to make sure everybody knows that Jack Nicholson's citation is online, the whole thing. And just like Audrey said, Dr. Seuss's books continue to entertain generations. Jack, so do your films; for generations and generations to come you will not be known as the drunk man in the bar, although that's not such a bad thing.
Anyway, I want to thank all of you. I invite you to the reception; the Dave Brubeck Quartet will be performing there. And, as the honorees leave, we have a great choir here to sing while they go out. I want to thank the honorees' families who are here -- I see Jane's son Troy over there, and I know there are other family members here -- for being here.
God bless you all, have a happy holiday and thank you for being here and supporting this museum and honoring these incredible Californians who have given us all so much to be grateful for. God bless you. Thank you. (Applause)