The Hall of Fame, California Style

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We just got back from a quick visit to Sacramento, our state’s capital, where Isabel was one of eight fine Californians inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In addition to Isabel, the other honorees were Harrison Ford, Tony Gwynn, Corita Kent, William J. Perry, Maria Shriver, Russ Solomon and George Takei; see their pictures and bios here.

Isabel doesn’t play favorites (well, not that much), but she did lay on the love for fellow inductee Harrison Ford. As you can see, she was his girlfriend for the night.

Walking the red carpet was particularly special, since the first group of reporters were from nearby Elk Grove Elementary School—and were they ever prepared! Check out at their press cards and the staff photographer.

After sharing the story of her exile from Chile and her years in Venezuela, Isabel brought the audience to tears when she spoke of what it meant to her to be a Californian, and how she finally feels she is home—that she now has a place to call home here in California.

The exhibit, pictured here, features Isabel’s typewriter, personal photos, the Presidential Medal of Freedom that she received in 2014 from the amazing Barack Obama, and other memorabilia. 

If you live in the Sacramento area or are passing through, the museum is beautiful, and this exhibit will be up for the next year.

Here is a link to the  CA museum and ceremony.

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