Nov 16, 2017
Michael Tilson Thomas joins an esteemed group in the California Hall of Fame, which celebrates individuals who embody the state’s spirit of innovation. This honor is bestowed by the Office of the Governor in partnership with the California Museum.
As part of the California Hall of Fame 11th class, MTT is inducted with entertainer Lucille Ball, bioscientist Susan Desmond-Hellmann, artist/activist Mabel McKay, atmospheric chemist Mario J. Molina, quarterback Jim Plunkett, poet Gary Snyder, filmmaker Steven Spielberg, and vintner Warren Winiarski.
“These Californians represent the dynamic spirit and imagination that is the hallmark of the Golden State,” says Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. “Their exceptional skill and craft enrich our culture and inspire us all.”
Individuals are selected for achievements and contributions in areas such as science, philanthropy, sports, business, entertainment, the arts, literature, technology, activism and politics. Inductees and family members of posthumous inductees are presented with “Spirit of California” medals by the Governor and First Lady in an official state ceremony held at the California Museum on December 5, 2017. Their lives and legacies will be commemorated in an artifact exhibition opening on December 6 at the California Museum.