The John Steinbeck Award

Michael Moore

Arch-conservative Sarah Palin and leftist maverick Michael Moore appeared at separate events in San José on October 14. But only Moore left town with an award. With his fiery comments on Hollywood films and American politics, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker and bestselling author enthralled an overflow audience at Morris Dailey Auditorium. After Moore's Steinbeck event, audience member Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, said, "I think the whole idea around Michael Moore is that the ones that are super-wealthy, the powerful, should not be more important the common people.” For weeks after receiving the Steinbeck Award, Moore could be seen on national television shows wearing a San José State cap.