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Three locals named to California Hall of Fame

Launched by Maria Shriver, award honors 'legendary people who embody California's innovative spirit'

Three local residents are among 14 Californians chosen as this year's inductees into the California Hall of Fame.

Woodside venture capitalist John Doerr, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Hoover Institution Fellow and former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz will receive medals from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and California first lady Maria Shriver in a December ceremony.

Shriver launched the California Hall of Fame project in conjunction with the California Museum in Sacramento in 2006 "to honor legendary people who embody California's innovative spirit and have made their mark on history."

Other inductees this year are entertainers Barbra Streisand, Merle Haggard and Betty White; filmmaker James Cameron; painter Wayne Thiebaud; writer Anne Lamott; historian Kevin Starr and tennis player Serena Williams.

Posthumous inductees are blue-jeans inventor Levi Strauss, former Gov. Edmund "Pat" Brown and Bank of America founder A.P. Giannini.

Honorees are selected by a committee representing the California Museum, the California Arts Council and the Governor's and first lady's Offices.

The 65 honorees named since 2006 include former Intel CEO Andy Grove, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Stanford graduate and astronaut Sally Ride and former Stanford student Tiger Woods.

Posthumous honors have gone to David and Lucile Packard, Leland Stanford and the late Nobel Prize winner and local researcher Linus Pauling.

The California Hall of Fame Exhibit at the California Museum includes large scale portraits of the inductees and artifacts of each inductee's contribution.

The current exhibit, from 2009 inductees, includes an interactive display on the creation of an Intel microprocessor; props from the films of George Lucas; a time capsule from the late gay-rights activist and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk; and kettle bell weights from fitness and body-building pioneer Joe Weider.

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