David Hockney: Using an iPad app, the LA-based artist painted a self-portrait in 2012 incorporating his signature bright color patterns and fine brush strokes. “He has really embraced technology in art,” says Bruce Stiny, curator of the California Museum.
Lester Holt: Among the artifacts in the “NBC Nightly News” anchor’s display is a rejection 1977 letter from NBC. “It shows that he knew what he wanted to do [even as a teenager] and that the road to the top is not always paved and smooth,” says Stiny.
Buck Owens: This Buck Owens model Fender guitar with red, white and blue stripes is an exact replica of the instrument the country star—who grew up in Bakersfield—played on “Hee Haw.” Also on display: Owens’ custom Nudie suit and James Leddy leather boots.
Ellen Ochoa: The first Hispanic female astronaut’s flight suit bears patches from her four NASA Space Shuttle flights, including her first mission in 1993, titled STS-56, in which she spent 13 days in space studying how solar activity affects the earth.
Bruce Lee: The late martial arts legend, who was born in San Francisco, was introduced to American audiences through the ’60s TV show “The Green Hornet.” Featured in his display is this signed script for an episode titled “Beautiful Dreamer.”
Charles Schulz: These vintage Bauer ice skates belonged to the late creator of “Peanuts,” who was an avid ice skater and hockey player and incorporated ice skating as a recurring theme in his comic strip.
Kristi Yamaguchi: The Hayward-born athlete earned a gold medal in women’s singles figure skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics held in Albertville, France, and wore this teal outfit with gold and silver rhinestones during her short program.
The ninth annual California Hall of Fame exhibit opens on Oct. 29, featuring cool artifacts from the newest slate of inductees, which includes Sacramento’s own Lester Holt and actor Robert Downey Jr. Here’s a sneak peek at the items on display, from Downey’s Iron Man suit to a rejection letter that Holt, the new anchor of NBC Nightly News, received from NBC as a teen. (The photo gallery is below. Click on images to enlarge them and for caption info.)