Just like Jackie Robinson, Bill Clinton broke the color barrier in 2002 to become the first white inductee of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame. In 1988, Clinton was famously dubbed "America's first black president" by Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, and that fame seems to have caught Sen. John Kerry's eye.
"President Clinton was often known as the first black president," Kerry told the American Urban Radio Network earlier this month. "I wouldn't be upset if I could earn the right to be second."
Kerry's not the only white presidential candidate aiming to become America's second "black president." Fringe Republican Barry Weintraub, who ran for president as "Barry Who" in 2000, announced months earlier that he, too, wished to be the honorary candidate of color.
Though a long-shot, Weintraub would be America's first black Jewish Republican president, opening the door for a "Black Jewish Republican" Hall of Fame, which will probably be located in Weintraub's closet. Not in the Robot Hall of Fame: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger won the California recall election last year, but The Terminator was terminated at Pittsburgh's Robot Hall of Fame — where the muscle-bound cyborg lost out to that bleeping R2D2 from Star Wars.
Carnegie Mellon University opened the museum last year to honor "noteworthy robots, both real and fictional, along with their creators in recognition of the increasing benefits robots are bringing to society."
Luke Skywalker's lovable R2 unit was joined by HAL-9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Two real-life robots were also among the first nut-and-bold legends inducted: NASA's Mars Pathfinder Micro Rover Flight Experiment — nicknamed "Sojourner" — and General Motor's "Unimate."
Arnold's Terminator will just have to join Data from Star Trek and Robbie the Robot from Lost in Space and to see who will be thrown out on the scrap heap next year.
Not Inducted in the Hilton Hotel Traveler Hall of Fame: Paris Hilton Jimmy Carter, the Rolling Stones, and Amelia Earhart are among the more famous members of Hilton Hotel's Traveler Hall of Fame. Of course, if you stay in enough hotels, you can get hall of fame status, too. The Traveler Hall of Fame was all a promotional stunt. Hilton will actually give you Hall of Fame status.
Over the years, the company has found reasons to induct Christopher Columbus, Elvis and Moses, even if they weren't necessarily loyal Hilton customers. The big question might be why Paris Hilton hasn't entered the family company's Travel Hall of Fame. After all, she's certainly proved she knows how to get around.
Not in the Toy Hall of Fame: Raggedy Andy
When Rochester's National Toy Hall of Fame inducted Raggedy Ann, her old sidekick Andy was feeling extra raggedy. He was snubbed in 2002, and that's no yarn.
Raggedy Andy may still get elected to Rochester, New York's toy museum. But with G.I. Joe and Barbie's Malibu meat muffin Ken also competing, don't expect a rags-to-riches story. Laugh at Mr. Potato Head all you want. He was elected years ago, and left Mrs. Potato Head out in the cold. Not in the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum: Tiny Tim
American Idol reject William Hung is just the latest in a long line of so-bad-they're-good singing sensations. The latest and perhaps greatest may have been ukulele-strumming falsetto-squawking Tiny Tim, his hit international hit "Tiptoe Through the Tulips."