A celebrated cartoonist, an Olympic gold medalist and Iron Man himself are among the latest inductees to the California Hall of Fame.
Gov. Jerry Brown, First Lady Anne Gust Brown and the California Museum jointly announced Tuesday the ninth class of Californians to be recognized for exemplifying the state’s “spirit of innovation,” including Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and actor Robert Downey, Jr.
“These talented individuals with their unique set of accomplishments show the best of California,” Brown said in a statement. “Their creativity and perseverance are a real inspiration.”
Artist David Hockney, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, martial arts icon Bruce Lee, astronaut Ellen Ochoa and country music legend Buck Owens will also be honored.
Inductees or their family members will receive the Spirit of California medal from the Browns during a ceremony at the California Museum on Oct. 28. An exhibition highlighting their lives and achievements will open at the museum the following day.
Last year’s class featured basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar-winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and beloved literary figure Joan Didion.