Tower Records founder inducted into California Hall of Fame

The founder of one of Sacramento’s most historic and iconic record stores will be one of many high-profile stars receiving their induction to the California Hall of Fame.

For decades, the warm neon glow of Tower Records signs could be found from one corner of Sacramento to another. And it was through the success of Tower Records founder Russ Solomon changed the way people listened to and bought music, creating a business with 200 stores around the world.

It’s for that reason, according to organizers with California Museum, that Solomon along with famous names like George Takei, Maria Shriver, Harrison Ford, Tony Gwynn and others are being inducted into the hall of fame for their contributions to California.

The full list of inductees includes:

  • Isabelle Allende, author of novels, including The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, The Japanese Lover and more.
  • Harrison Ford, Academy Award-nominated actor, known for his iconic roles as Han Solo in Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
  • Tony Gwynn, one of the greatest hitters in Major League Baseball. Gwynn played for nearly 20 years with the San Diego Padres from 1982 until 2001.
  • Corita Kent, an artist, educator and artist, Kent’s graphic design has become synonymous with raising awareness for social justice.
  • William J. Perry, the 19th United States Secretary of Defense, was the first enlisted man to serve in this role.
  • Maria Shriver, an Emmy and Peabody award-winning journalist and producer, was also the First Lady of California and is a best-selling author.
  • Russ Solomon, a Sacramento native, created a record store empire, with stores as far away from his home as Tokyo.
  • George Takei, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu on the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek, has been an advocate for social justice, using the power of social media to amplify his message.

Honorees will be recognized during an induction ceremony at the California Museum on Nov. 30.

For more information on the event, check out the California Museum’s website.

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