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Bolton, Solomon, Mills to get stars on Sacramento sidewalk

Tower founder raps on record legacy

Tower Records founder Russ Solomon reflects on the legacy of the business he founded.
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Tower Records founder Russ Solomon reflects on the legacy of the business he founded.

Stars honoring three people with Sacramento roots will be placed in a midtown sidewalk after three more local luminaries were announced Wednesday.

The Sacramento Walk of Stars organization revealed the names of those being honored this year at a ceremony on L Street. The honorees announced Wednesday:

▪ Ruthie Bolton, a former Sacramento Monarchs all-star, two-time Olympic gold medalist and a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

▪ Billy Mills, the surprise gold medalist in the 10,000 meters at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics, who beat a field of 42 in the 25-lap race. His time of 28 minutes, 24.4 seconds set Olympic and U.S. records.

▪ Russ Solomon, a Sacramento native whose Tower Records business empire reached more than 200 stores globally and $1 billion in sales annually at its peak.

The first five stars in 2016 along L Street between 18th and 19th streets were: artist Gregory Kondos, actor LeVar Burton, Eagles’ bassist Timothy B. Schmit, Olympic swimmer Debbie Meyer, and Dr. Ernie Bodai, who successfully lobbied Congress to create the breast cancer research stamp.

Actor LeVar Burton, Eagles band member Timothy B. Schmit, breast cancer specialist Dr. Ernie Bodai, Olympic swimmer Debbie Meyer and painter Gregory Kondos were honored on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, with stars in concrete on an L Street sidewalk.

Olympic swimmer Debbie Meyer said she was "very honored' to be selected as one of the first to have a star in Sacramento's Walk of Stars on L Street in Sacramento.

Sacramento residents react to the plan to create a Sacramento walk of fame in downtown and midtown. Video by Ed Fletcher.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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