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Huell Howser Dead: Beloved California TV Broadcaster Dies At 67 (UPDATES)
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The Huffington Post  |  By Anna Almendrala Posted: 01/07/2013 3:50 pm EST  |  Updated: 01/08/2013 12:25 pm EST

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Huell Howser, host of public TV show "California's Gold," died in his home Sunday evening.

Howser, who was 67, was a beloved TV personality who explored and showcased California's history, traditions and communities. He had several California-centric shows throughout his decades-long career, but is best known for "California's Gold," produced at KCET studios in Los Angeles, Calif.

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A spokesperson from KCET confirmed to The Huffington Post that Huell died of natural causes, and that his death caught many at the studio by surprise. KCET nightly news show SoCal Connected plans to honor Howser with a special segment during Monday's broadcast (on at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. PST). The studio will also create a site for fans to share memories of Howser. To stay informed about the online memorial, check out kcet.org.

OC Weekly first reported Howser's death. His assistant Ryan Morris confirmed to KPCC that Howser died in his home Sunday evening.

Episodes of Howser's show "California's Gold" are slow-paced and meandering, punctuated by his folksy Southern accent (he was a Tennessee native) and genuine enthusiasm. Filmed with just a single cameraman, Howser emphasized simplicity during the post-production process. Long stretches of "California's Gold" are single takes, often capturing Howser moving from one interview subject to another in real time.

See Huell Howser in action! In this 2008 episode, he goes avocado picking with a dog. Story continues below.

His frequently-used catchphrase, "That's amazing!" reveals his unabashed love for even the smallest topics and towns, like these episodes about Japanese American home movies or an unofficial RV town called Slab City. He also featured Golden State success stories like See's Candy company or the California Institute of Technology.

While he's best known in California for his Golden State travel show, Howser is also a national figure. LAist notes that Howser once played himself in a 2009 episode of "The Simpsons."

Howser was a Marine Corps Veteran who moved to Los Angeles in 1981. He started as a reporter at KCBS-TV and in 1987 went on to produce "Videolog," a series of shorts about California that would eventually transform into "California's Gold." More, from his website:

A native of Tennessee, Huell began his television career at WSM-TV in Nashville after receiving his B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee, serving on the staff of a United States Senator and a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Howser later joined WCBS-TV in New York City as host of a magazine-style series. He then came to Los Angeles in 1981 to work as a reporter for KCBS-TV. Huell joined public television station KCET/Los Angeles in 1987 to produce "Videolog," a series of short programs featuring the stories of people from all walks of life. This series captured the imagination of viewers and led directly to an expanded format which covered people and places throughout the state.

Howser retired abruptly from his show Nov. 2012. Rumors of a serious illness accompanied the news, which was announced without a press release and without comment from him.

His retirement seemed sudden, but Howser may have been preparing for a change for several years. In 2011, he donated all of his "California's Gold" tapes to Chapman University in Orange, Calif. to be digitized. He also gave 1,800 books about California to the university's library and funded several school scholarships, notes the campus newspaper. His final gift to the school: the "Volcano House," a 60-acre space-age home located in the desert between LA and Las Vegas, Nev. Howser gifted the retreat to the university May 2012 after initially listing the property for $750,000.

UPDATE: While Huell Howser leaves behind out-of-state relatives, he didn't have any direct next of kin. The closest thing Howser had to the concept was Chapman University, said producer and friend Ryan Morris to The Huffington Post.

Morris declined to elaborate on the illness Howser had, except to say it lasted for two to three years. Morris also shared that Howser had spent the past six months at home, resting.

Earlier, Morris clarified to the LA Weekly that Howser actually died overnight, early Monday morning. Howser's death in Palm Springs, Calif. was reported to the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's office at about 2:35 a.m. Monday, reports LA Weekly.

Howser's fans have responded to his death with disbelief, grief and happy memories about episodes of "California's Gold." In a statement, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa noted that Tennesse-born Huell loved California "more than most natives." His statement, in full:

I'm saddened to hear of the death of my friend Huell Howser, a Los Angeles treasure and California icon.

Although he was originally from Tennessee, Huell loved California more than most natives. His long-running television program, California's Gold, shared with audiences the best our state has to offer. Huell would travel anywhere to show viewers the beauty and variety of the Golden State, from its most famous landmarks to the least known sights. And his boundless enthusiasm and curiosity was infectious, making us all see these places with the same amazement he did.

His death is a loss that will be felt throughout Los Angeles and California. He will be greatly missed.

KCET also released a statement remembering Howser:

We are deeply saddened by the news of Huell's passing. This is a tremendous personal and professional loss to his friends and colleagues, as well as his legions of fans. Huell elevated the simple joys and undiscovered nuggets of living in our great state. He made the magnificence and power of nature seem accessible by bringing it into our living rooms. Most importantly, he reminded us to find the magic and wonderment in our lives every day. Huell was able to brilliantly capture the wonder in obscurity. From pastrami sandwiches and artwork woven from lint to the exoticism of cactus gardens and the splendor of Yosemite -- he brought us the magic, the humor and poignancy of our region. We will miss him very much.

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of our newest badge: Community Curator. View All Favorites Bloggers Recency  |  Popularity Page: 1 2 3 4 5  Next ›  Last »  (44 total) HUFFPOST SUPER USER LeftClique Spindizzy Whistle! 248 Fans 9 hours ago ( 6:23 PM) It's been a long, long time. I still remember the joints and the laughter. Goodbye. LeftClique: It's been a long, long time. I still remember the http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/LeftClique/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_222141198.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… Paul Ernie Payabyab 0 Fans 03:44 PM on 01/13/2013 Really loved his shows. For what he did for California, he truly is one of California's gold. Paul_Ernie_Payabyab: Really loved his shows. For what he did for California, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Paul_Ernie_Payabyab/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_221552069.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… Heinrich Volker ARS ARTIUM 284 Fans 05:30 AM on 01/13/2013 Huell Howser was a genuinely nice man who loved people and southern California. Heinrich_Volker: Huell Howser was a genuinely nice man who loved people http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Heinrich_Volker/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_221449354.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… HUFFPOST SUPER USER FilmNoirFan Tax paying & insured Obama Supporter 185 Fans 02:07 PM on 01/12/2013 Huell made me notice architectural details that I would not have noticed before. I love looking up at old buildings downtown and seeing the artistry and is missing from today's buildings. He made me appreciate the little things. FilmNoirFan: Huell made me notice architectural details that I would not http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/FilmNoirFan/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_221301871.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… scalscott San Diego, CA 24 Fans 09:25 PM on 01/11/2013 Enjoyed his shows. Saw him in North Park (San Diego) filming at Rudfords Restaurant in 2012. scalscott: Enjoyed his shows. Saw him in North Park (San Diego) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/scalscott/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_221144314.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… sillyswin 5 Fans 03:43 PM on 01/11/2013 He didn't die of "natural causes." He died of AIDS! He was GAY and lived in Palm Springs. He had AIDS and knew he was very sick 2 years ago- he started to sell properties, donate his stuff, etc. He retired very suddenly recently when he knew he would die of AIDS. His shows were awesome. sillyswin: He didn't die of "natural causes." He died of AIDS! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/sillyswin/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_221052620.html History  | Permalink  | Share it HUFFPOST SUPER USER FilmNoirFan Tax paying & insured Obama Supporter 185 Fans 02:03 PM on 01/12/2013 An illness is a natural cause. He didn't die of poisoning, car accident, a gunshot wound, head trauma, alcohol poisoning or stab wound.

Learn the meaning of natural causes before you make a comment about it.

"A death by natural causes, as recorded by coroners and on death certificates and associated documents, is one that is primarily attributed to an illness or an internal malfunction of the body not directly influenced by external forces. For example, a person dying from complications from influenza (an infection) or a heart attack (an internal body malfunction) would be listed as having died of natural causes. Old age is not a scientifically recognized cause of death; there is always a more direct cause although it may be unknown in certain cases and could be one of a number of aging-associated diseases."

His personal life or what he died of doesn't change the facts of what he did or how much we love him. After watching him since the late '80s and meeting him in person 3 times, I have a lot of wonderful memories of his shows and how inspirational some were (like the one about the elephant trainer reunited with his elephant after 15 years). I, like many, have visited some of the places he visited.

Huell had a heart of gold. FilmNoirFan: An illness is a natural cause. He didn't die of http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/FilmNoirFan/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_221300916.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… HUFFPOST SUPER USER altongrimes 22 Fans 10:02 AM on 01/11/2013 He reminds of me of someone out of the 1950's......Eisenhower and Micky Mantle......old fashioned values and a kindness toward us all that was communicated in his every word.... altongrimes: He reminds of me of someone out of the 1950's......Eisenhower http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/altongrimes/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_220941358.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… obamajesus 8 Fans   07:09 PM on 01/10/2013 I ran into Huell a few times in Palm Springs. I talked to him at Tyler's (the home of the Slider, which Huell did a show on). He was the same off camera as he was on camera. He was taking pictures off the wall at Tyler's walking around talking to customers about the pictures and the history of Tyler's. Sunglasses, the yellow shirt and shorts, just like on camera.

I ran into him again in 2009 at The Tropicale, a bar in Palm Springs, and talked to him about him selling (trying to) sell his house outside of Barstow. He told me he only went there once after buying it and he had been trying to sell it for awhile. But the market had tanked and the house was too far away and too unusual for most people. This was the house he donated to Chapman University.

He was a nice guy. RIP Huell. obamajesus: I ran into Huell a few times in Palm Springs. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/obamajesus/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_220789537.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… Sons 493 Fans 06:42 PM on 01/10/2013 One thing in common with all Howser death reports - they are cryptically silent on the cause of death, except to vaguely say "natural causes."

He obviously saw death coming for some time and was prepared for it. Aids? Suicide made to look like "natural causes"?

We have only speculation at this time. Sons: One thing in common with all Howser death reports - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Sons/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_220780530.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… tonycmusic 0 Fans 01:43 PM on 01/10/2013 So glad their will be a memorial at Griffith Observatory I subconsciously do what I do Videos and event postings on Youtube (over 130 of them see blackmusiccelebrity ) thanks to huell We both shared our travels
He will be missed cause HE WAS A NICE MAN!! and I will finish the song you wont recognize it the next time u hear it (and you know that) where's all my real singers !! My brand new studio comes tomw after over a year without one and this will be the first song I finish
http://youtu.be/gE1r9u0B5e8 tonycmusic: So glad their will be a memorial at Griffith Observatory http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/tonycmusic/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_220668385.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… HUFFPOST SUPER USER crimsinhil 56 Fans 01:10 AM on 01/10/2013 one of the BEST shows was when he showed up to go swimming at the Hearst Castle.... Did you see that one?????

watching him swim in that amazing pool made me SOOOOOO jealous... WOW! is that the truth, but seeing him have the time of his life made it all worth while....

He enjoyed it just like I would have... like a child.

I always wanted to meet you Huell... just missed you a couple of times in Palm Springs at Jerwins grocery store.... but always thought I would some day meet you...

I hope to meet you in Heaven... if that was a place you wanted to go...

God bless you Huell, and God bless ALL that loved and will miss him....

YOU Huell..... WITHOUT a doubt ARE a piece OF CaliFornia's GOld . . . . . . . crimsinhil: one of the BEST shows was when he showed up http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/crimsinhil/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_220535919.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… HUFFPOST SUPER USER crimsinhil 56 Fans 01:10 AM on 01/10/2013 How very very sad and disappointing. I guess God needed some more cool people to hang out with up there in Heaven.....

There really isn't anyone like Huell... he was void of an "agenda" just sweet as pie and patient, and just a joy to sit and watch.. NO ONE like him . . . . . . .

over the years I would find myself somewhere Huell had gone and I would feel like I had been there before, or as if a friend had introduced it to me....

Heull had a gift of never making us feel as if he was better than us, or smarter than us or more political than us, or more righteous than us.... just treated us like he wanted to be treated.. like a friend.... yup. crimsinhil: How very very sad and disappointing. I guess God needed http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/crimsinhil/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_220535830.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… eripley Snarking as a fine art 344 Fans 09:58 PM on 01/09/2013 Thanks Huell for loving my state as much as I do. RIP... eripley: Thanks Huell for loving my state as much as I http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/eripley/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_220500591.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… HUFFPOST SUPER USER Roy l Payne A Royal Pain in the... 293 Fans 09:06 PM on 01/09/2013 Huell Howser turned me onto Nitt Witt Ridge in Cambria CA and when I went there to visit, it was amazing, like he said. Roy_l_Payne: Huell Howser turned me onto Nitt Witt Ridge in Cambria http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Roy_l_Payne/huell-howser-dead-beloved_n_2426682_220487966.html History  | Permalink  | Share it This comment has been down-ranked into oblivion. View comment You have not right to carry out this operation or Error this operation. Loading comments… HUFFPOST SUPER USER Roy l Payne A Royal Pain in the... 293 Fans 08:58 PM on 01/09/2013 Oh man, I LOVED Huell Howser! He brought a lot of hours of enjoyment and education about this wonderful state to me and many others, I am sure. I will miss your down home style and your great enthusiasm.

You were a great contributor to the goodness of this world.

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Huell Howser's "California's Gold" series about the treasures of the Golden State was a public television staple for two decades. Let's look back at some Howser moments: First, canoeing among the tufa towers on Mono Lake. (Cameron Tucker /November 28, 2012) «2 » 1/18 By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic

January 8, 2013, 6:00 a.m.

Huell Howser, a great man of television, died late Sunday in Palm Springs, to which he retired quietly late last year — or as quietly as an interested public would let him, the announcement that he would make no more programs being news throughout the state and prompting tributes and some expressions of concern that now will be multiplied many times over. He was a boyish 67 years old.

If you lived in California in the last few decades and owned a television you likely have an opinion, and quite possibly do an imitation, of Howser, and it probably involves the phrase "That's amazing!" With his healthy glow, broad shoulders and Marine-trained bearing, his melodious Tennessee accent and hound-friendly demeanor, he cut a big figure on the small screen.

Under the banners of his several public-television series, including "Videolog," "California's Gold," "California's Green," "Downtown," "Road Trip" and "Visiting," Howser roamed the city and the state, its parks and diners, factories and museums and mom-and-pop shops. He created a moving-picture library of this place in that time: its common spaces, its secret corners, its many colors.

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It will be a gift to the graduate students of future centuries, when they come to write their dissertations on life in ours. But even as a chronicler of the present day, his interests ran more to those things long-lived and burnished by tradition than to the trendy or new-fangled.

As a reporter, Hollywood-style celebrity did not interest him; but he was a celebrity himself, in a humble, Huell Howser-ish way. He has been worked into episodes of "Weeds" and "The Simpsons." A ham and pineapple cheeseburger in Yermo, a double chili cheese dog at Pink's and a doughnut at Stan's in Westwood all have borne his name.

Howser, who arrived in Los Angeles from Nashville by way of New York in 1981, was often compared to TV's other great chronicler of Southern California, Ralph Story, whose "Ralph Story's Los Angeles" was a feature of KNXT (now KCBS) through the 1960s. (Howser spent his first five years here working for that station, before setting himself up as a self-producing independent contractor, working out of KCET.)

But where Story was a historian, a creator of short documentaries rich with research and archival material, Howser was, in the best sense, a tourist — "adventurer" is the more apt word — who had read just enough of the guidebook to know what he wanted to see, but not so much as to make the trip redundant. He went into a room with things left to learn, so that he and you learned them together.

"If I already know what's behind the door I can't be surprised when we open it," he told me once. Watching his reports, even years later, you are put into the moment, you are living in the Now.

Plenty of people got him wrong. They saw him only as comical, a hick in the city; they mistook his straightforward approach for simplicity and his sincerity for simpleness.

Nothing could have been further from the truth. Howser had a clear and subtle vision of what he wanted and how to get it.

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Using a hand-held microphone, he said, "allows me to put my hand on your shoulder and talk to you, whereas a [clip-on microphone] disconnects you from a person and makes it more of a television show. 'You've got to stand right over here, move 2 inches this way, and look in the camera — testing one, two, one, two.' By the time you do all that it's gone."

He liked long takes shot wide enough to let the eye wander around in the frame, drinking in details — Luis Fuerte and then Cameron Tucker were his cameramen — and to let conversations other reporters might have reduced to a few sound bites run on at length.

Nobody — really, nobody — worked the way he did. Raising his own money, keeping his overhead low and making his series free to California's PBS affiliates, he created a low-overhead, take-it-or-leave-it model that let him do things his way until the day he quit.

We lived for years in the same neighborhood; I would see him on the street — it's the sort of neighborhood where you do see people on the street — often surrounded by admirers with a question to ask, a memory to share or a subject to suggest. After I profiled him for The Times in 2009, we continued to meet for breakfast once in a while.

The private Howser was a little more modulated than on TV, of course. He was gregarious and forthcoming and thoughtful, yet also private — that mix of openness and circumspection that is perhaps as much a vestige of his Southern roots as was his accent. Nothing he said ever sounded like small talk: It's not that we discussed weighty matters necessarily, though sometimes we did, just that he gave little things their due.

"You could tell me that I couldn't go outside of a five-mile radius from where we're having breakfast right now for stories and I wouldn't blink an eye," he told me, back in 2009. "There's enough right within five miles to keep me busy the rest of my life."

The stories will have to get along without him now.

robert.lloyd@latimes.com

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Comments 60   Comments (60) Add / View comments | Discussion FAQ sanchez.eric.mail at 10:01 AM January 15, 2013

I've been watching his shows since the mid 80's. It's sad, no more new shows from Mr. Howser. But we still have the 25+ years of his shows he did to watch over and over again. "Get a shot of this Louie" Goodbye Huell

MarkAlanParker at 6:23 AM January 11, 2013

We get to view "California's Gold" weekly here on our local PBS station (NPT) in Nashville. It's been my favorite travel/adventure show for years, and it all has to do with Huell - he was the best - the genuine article. I'm proud to say he was originally from Tennessee, and I'm sure most Californians are just as proud that he adopted their state, and represented it in such a extraordinary way.

LastGirl at 8:33 PM January 10, 2013

Thanks to Huell, I got to go to Cuba. Well I didn't go personally but he went and video taped the trip himself and it was like being there without actually going.

I'm going to missing his laugh, his smile, his muscles (boy did I love his muscles) and his overall good nature.

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California broadcasting legend Huell Howser has passed away at the age of 67.

By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times

January 7, 2013, 6:48 p.m.

Huell Howser seemed an unlikely candidate to become a television star — a big, grinning ex-Marine with a molasses-smooth Tennessee drawl and an eye for stories that others would pass by, such as the Bunny Museum in Pasadena and the rendering of artwork out of dryer lint.

His platform was traditional and unflashy — highlighting familiar and obscure spots all around California in public television series, particularly "California's Gold." But though his shows were focused on points and people of interest, it was Howser who turned into the main attraction, tackling his subjects with an awe-struck curiosity and relentless enthusiasm.

Howser, 67, an iconic figure in public television, died at home Sunday night, his assistant Ryan Morris said. The cause of death was not released.

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"He was a wonderful man with real generosity — he kept alive a sense of the drama, beauty and poetry of California," said Kevin Starr, a USC history professor who formerly served as California's state librarian. "His sense of the state was incredible, positioning it as a place for everybody. Not just the elite, but for ranchers, farmers, workers. He showed truck-stop restaurants. Huell had an extraordinarily inclusive, democratic view of all things California. He emphasized the eccentricities, but never sacrificed showing the ordinary, simple side."

A former local television news reporter, Howser struck out on his own in the 1980s — producing "Videolog," a series of human interest stories, for public television station KCET-TV. In 1990, he launched his "California's Gold" series that aired on public TV stations throughout the state.

Howser's primary success could be attributed to his persona of an amiable and relentlessly curious seeker of all things California, large and small, the flashy, the off-the-wall and the off-the-beaten-track. His upbeat boosterism accompanied an appearance that was simultaneously off-kilter and yet somehow cool with a hint of retro — a square thatch of hair, sunglasses, shirts that showed off a drill sergeant's build and bulging biceps, and expressions that ranged from pleasantness to jaw-dropping wonder with some of his discoveries.

Topping it all off was an irresistibly folksy manner, with frequent exclamations of "Oh my gosh!" and "Isn't that amazing?" The voice and the aw-shucks demeanor were also catnip for comedians who delighted in imitating his tone. He was once parodied on "The Simpsons," and he was a favorite target of comedian Adam Carolla on his radio shows and podcasts. But he also proved to be a savvy businessman through his deals with broadcasters and sales of his shows on DVDs.

"Every night on KCET, Huell introduced us to people we would not have otherwise met, and took us to places we would not have otherwise have traveled," Al Jerome, president and chief executive of KCET, said in a statement. "Huell elevated the simple joys and undiscovered nuggets of living in our great state. He made the magnificence and power of nature seem accessible by bringing it into our living rooms."

Howser's death came only weeks after the announcement Nov. 27 that he was retiring and not filming any more original episodes of "California's Gold."

Despite shifts in TV trends and fashions, Howser's approach never varied — he was merely a man with a microphone and a camera. He played down its simplicity ("It's pretty basic stuff … it's not brain surgery") and said it fit his strategy: to shine a spotlight on the familiar and the obscure places and people all over California.

"We have two agendas," Howser said in a 2009 interview with The Times. "One is to specifically show someone China Camp State Park or to talk to the guys who paint the Golden Gate Bridge. But the broader purpose is to open up the door for people to have their own adventures. Let's explore our neighborhood; let's look in our own backyard."

His anti-glitz, aggressively genial approach with people was his trademark. He expressed endless amazement at his subjects, whether it was the making of French dip sandwiches at Philippe's restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, the burgers at the Apple Pan ("This is like … amazing!") or the massive swarm of flies buzzing around Mono Lake. "Look at this, look at this," he would often exclaim, prodding his interviewees to always tell him more.

Some of the people he interviewed had thought it was a put-on, but they came to find that Howser was the genuine article.

"I had watched him while growing up, and I always thought that aw-shucks stuff was just an act," said Paul Chavez, chairman of the board of directors of the Cesar Chavez Foundation in the Tehachapi Mountains, which Howser profiled two years ago.

"But after a few minutes, Huell was like an old friend that I had known for years," said Chavez, son of the late labor leader. "His enthusiasm was contagious. Shortly after the show ran, we got a noticeable increase in visitors."

Real estate executive Kimberly Lucero echoed Chavez's assessment about Howser's enthusiasm. Lucero was the host's guide in 2005 for a show on downtown Los Angeles' historic Eastern Columbia Building.

Howser was almost breathless during the taping, Lucero said. As he surveyed the gold-leaf entrance, she recalled, Howser exclaimed: "Look at this — what in the world were they thinking when they built things like this?"

"His excitement was truly infectious," Lucero said. "Nothing was staged."

But even those who poked fun at his upbeat attitude were seldom mean-spirited or cruel — their affection for him was evident through the wisecracks.

"He had this Gomer Pyle thing going, which is hard to do," said Carolla, the comedian who enjoyed mocking Howser. "He would talk to people, just an ordinary person, and seemed genuinely interested and surprised at anything they said, treating them like they were amazing. He was such a kind soul. The world could use a few more Huell Howsers."

He was such a local fixture that a Pink's hot dog was named after him. Although those who came into contact with him said he was the same off-camera as he was on, he maintained a sense of mystery.

Never married, Howser was intensely private, rarely giving glimpses into his own life. He had an apartment on Rossmore Boulevard in Los Angeles, but he also lived in his "dream house" in Twentynine Palms, which he decorated with midcentury furniture he bought from secondhand stores in Palm Springs.

Howser was aware that his ever-present cheerfulness was an eyebrow-raiser.

"Sometimes, people say, 'Are you putting that on?'" he said in 2009. "That's kind of a sad commentary, don't you think? Like there's got to be something wrong with someone who's enthusiastic and happy like that. Do I have bad days? Yes. Do I get depressed? Yes. Am I concerned about the state of the California economy and budget? I'm not some Pollyanna who doesn't recognize that there's hunger and poverty and racism in the world."

Howser was born Oct. 18, 1945, in Gallatin, Tenn., near Nashville. His father, Harold, was a lawyer, and his mother, Jewel, was a homemaker. "Huell" is a combination of both their names.

In 2011, Howser announced that he was donating all episodes of his series to Chapman University, a private college in Orange, to be digitized and made available for a worldwide online audience.

greg.braxton@latimes.com

Comments 339   Comments (339) Add / View comments | Discussion FAQ Della C. at 10:46 PM January 14, 2013

Just wanted to give a shout out to Huell.  What a wonderful man he was.  He was like a friend to me and everyone else that watched his shows all about California.  I'm sure we would all love to have a job like he had.  R.I.P Huell.

New-Year-2013 at 6:38 PM January 09, 2013

Where will Huell Howser be buried?

Keepin' it Real at 6:25 PM January 09, 2013

Future journalists... study well.

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(CNN) -- California public television icon Huell Howser has died, his longtime station said Monday, an announcement that set off a flood of heartfelt condolences from his fans in the Golden State and beyond.

He was 67.

The Tennessee native quietly retired in late November after 25 years in which he became a household name in his adopted state as host of "California's Gold" and other televised travelogues on KCET. He died Sunday night at his home in the Los Angeles area, said Ryan Morris of Huell Howser Productions.

"Huell elevated the simple joys and undiscovered nuggets of living in our great state," KCET said in a statement. "... Most importantly, he reminded us to find the magic and wonderment in our lives every day."

Howser grew up in Tennessee, graduated from the University of Tennessee, worked on a U.S. senator's staff and served in the U.S. Marine Corps, according to a biography posted on his company website. He then launched his television career at WSM in Nashville.

He moved on to a job hosting a magazine-style TV series at WCBS in New York before landing in Los Angeles in 1981 as a reporter for KCBS.

Six years later, Howser joined forces with KCET, a public television station, to produce a program known as "Videolog" showcasing the stories of all types of people.

That led to "California's Gold" and six other series about life in the Golden State, including "Visiting with Huell Howser," "Road Trip with Huell Howser," "California's Golden Parks," "California's Green," "California's Water" and "Downtown." In addition to California, his shows could be seen in Oregon, Nevada and Tennessee.

Less than 20 minutes after KCET posted news of Howser's death on its Facebook page, more than 150 fans had posted responses mourning his loss and remembering his impact on California and their lives.

They remembered him as "amazing," a "favorite" and "one-of-a-kind talent" who also possessed a "kind curiosity."

One man said that news of Howser's death "brought tears to my eyes like I lost a friend," and another remarked that "Sunday evenings will not be the same."

"So I guess God needed a host for 'Heaven's Gold,'" wrote another Facebook commenter. "We will miss you, but you will live on ... and on."

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Huell Howser at the Nisei Week Grand Parade in 2007 Born Huell Burnley Howser
(1945-10-18)October 18, 1945
Gallatin, Tennessee Died January 7, 2013(2013-01-07) (aged 67)
Palm Springs, California[1] Alma mater University of Tennessee Occupation Travel show host, video chronicler Years active Early 1980s-2012 Signature Website www.calgold.com

Huell Burnley Howser (October 18, 1945 – January 7, 2013) was an American television personality best known for California's Gold, his travel show based in Los Angeles at KCET for California PBS stations. The archive of his extensive video chronicles represents a singular contribution to the understanding and celebration of the history, culture, and people of California.

Contents 1 Early career 2 California's Gold 3 Other work 4 Personal life 5 Retirement and death 6 Legacy 7 References 8 External links [edit] Early career

Howser was born in Gallatin, Tennessee.[2] Howser received his first name from a portmanteau of his parents' names, Harold and Jewell, as revealed in the California's Gold episode "Smartsville". He received a B.A. in history from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he also served as student body president. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and on the staff of Senator Howard Baker, Howser began his television career at WSM-TV in Nashville. He began a series of "human interest" stories for WSM.

After working in New York as the host of WCBS-TV's "Real Life" show,[3] he moved to Los Angeles in 1981 to work as a reporter for KCBS-TV. During 1982-83, he served as weekend host and correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. In 1985 he joined Los Angeles television station KCET, then a PBS affiliate, as a producer of Videolog, covering short topics including lint artist Slater Barron[4] among other topics relevant to Los Angeles and adjacent communities.

[edit] California's Gold Huell's image on a milk bottle

California's Gold highlights small towns, landmarks, events, or places of interest throughout California which are not well known to the general public, with Howser conducting informal interviews with the locals. He also produced derived shows including California's Communities, California's Golden Fairs, Downtown, California's Water, California's Green, California's Golden Coast, California's Golden Parks, Road Trip, Visiting... with Huell Howser, California Missions, Palm Springs, Our Neighborhoods, The Bench, and various specials.

[edit] Other work

Articles written by Howser have appeared in Westways, the magazine of the Automobile Club of Southern California.[5]

In 1997, Howser featured prominently as himself alongside Tracey Ullman in character as Ruby Romaine in Tracey Takes On... Hollywood.

Howser spearheaded an unsuccessful effort to save buildings by African-American architect Paul Williams at the Long Beach Naval Station from being demolished.[6]

Howser appeared in the film Who Killed the Electric Car? in his capacity as a reporter, witnessing the demolition and shredding of a Honda EV+.[7]

In 2011, Howser voiced the Backson in the post-credits scene of Walt Disney Animation Studios's 2011 feature film, Winnie the Pooh.

Huell rides in a tandem IndyCar racecar at the 2009 Long Beach Grand Prix [edit] Personal life

Howser lived in the historic El Royale apartments in Los Angeles, and also had homes in Palm Springs, and Twentynine Palms.[8] In 2010, Howser put his unusual Newberry Springs, California, residence (the "Volcano House", 34°51′05″N 116°33′25″W / 34.851354°N 116.557045°W / 34.851354; -116.557045) on the market for $750,000.[9] In June 2012, The Panther, a student-run newspaper for Chapman University announced that Howser had donated the Volcano House to the school.[10]

Howser mentioned that he was a Methodist during his episode covering the Nevada County Fair on California's Golden Fairs.

[edit] Retirement and death

On November 27, 2012, the Sacramento Bee reported that Howser was retiring from making new shows, amid speculation in the television community that he was seriously ill.[11][12] Howser died at the age of 67 at his Palm Springs home on the morning of Monday, January 7, 2013. He had been battling cancer for several years, and his death certificate listed metastatic prostate cancer as the cause of death. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea off the coast of Los Angeles County.[13]

[edit] Legacy

Howser donated his videotaped collection of California's Gold episodes, as well as those of his other series, to Chapman University in 2011. He also donated his personal papers, and a large collection of books on California history to the university.[14] The school established the Huell Howser Archive, which, when completed, will offer the public free access to the entire digitized collection of his life's work. The archive can be accessed at Chapman University as well as on the internet. He also gave his extensive art collection, which consists mostly of 'found-object' art collected during his travels, to the university, and endowed the California's Gold Scholarship Fund. Upon his death he bequeathed his remaining two homes to the university, the proceeds from the sale of which will be added to the scholarship fund.[15][16][17]

Testimonials to Howser's unique contribution to the celebration of California history and culture immediately were acknowledged in numerous media sources upon word of his death. Gustavo Arellano, OC Weekly editor, called Howser "the greatest Californian since Hiram Johnson",[18] noting that for Howser, "California was the ultimate temple of the American dream."[19] Such an assessment reflects the high regard in which some Californians hold Howser's achievement of a very media savvy and unabashedly enthusiastic promotion of their state's heritage.

His distinctive style as host of his various travel shows led to him being impersonated and lampooned by many different comedians and radio personalities, such as Adam Carolla,[20] Dana Gould, and James Adomian.

Matt Groening has stated he is a fan of Howser,[21] and has featured him in two episodes of The Simpsons: "There's Something About Marrying", where a character named Howell Huser fell off a turnip truck, and "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?", where the real Howser is presenting a program similar to Marc Summers's Unwrapped television program. Howser received a voice credit for the episode. The January 13, 2013 episode of The Simpsons, "A Test Before Trying," marked his death with a quick cartoon memorial shot at the end of the episode, stating: "In Memory of Huell Howser, Friend of the Simpsons and a friend of California".

[edit] References ^ Goolsby, Denise. "TV host Huell Howser spent final days at Palm Springs refuge". The Desert Sun. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20130109/NEWS01/301090005/TV-host-Huell-Howser-spent-final-days-Palm-Springs-refuge. Retrieved 11 January 2013. ^ Braxton, Greg (January 7, 2013), "Huell Howser dies at 67; TV host profiled California people and places", Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-huell-howser-20130108,0,1021100.story ^ Hevesi, Dennis (11 Jasnuary 2013). "Huell Howser, Folksy Public TV Host, Is Dead at 67". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/arts/television/huell-howser-folksy-public-tv-host-is-dead-at-67.html?hpw. Retrieved 11 January 2013. ^ Sources: "Videolog Classics #2". KCET.org. http://www.kcet.org/shows/visiting_with_huell_howser/videolog-classics-2.html. Retrieved January 10, 2013. Rabe, John (July 6, 2011). "Huell Howser's retiring: An Off-Ramp remembrance". SCPR.org. KPCC - Southern California Public Radio. http://www.scpr.org/programs/offramp/2011/07/06/19797/huell-howser-explores-la-with-off-ramp/. Retrieved January 10, 2013. "Classic Huell: Farmers' Market". KCET.org. http://www.kcet.org/shows/huell_howser/videolog-classics/classic-huell-farmers-market.html. Retrieved January 10, 2013. ^ Road Trip with Huell Howser articles in Westways Magazine (outside Southern California: enter zip code 90210 to access articles) ^ Williams, Amy (July 7, 1998). "Long Beach Naval Station Falls: Court throws-out celebrity appeal". DailyRepublican.com. The Daily Republican. http://www.dailyrepublican.com/lb_ns_falls.html. Retrieved January 10, 2013. ^ Chris Paine (2006). "Who Killed the Electric Car?". Plinyminor / Sony Pictures Classics. ^ Sources: "This is Amazing!". Los Angeles Magazine. 2003-11. http://books.google.com/books?id=bl0EAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA112&dq=el%20royale%20huell%20howser&pg=PA115#v=onepage&q=el%20royale%20huell%20howser&f=false. Retrieved 22 November 2010. Fessier, Bruce (January 8, 2013). "Huell Howser of 'California's Gold' at home in Palm Springs". The Desert Sun. http://www.mydesert.com/article/20130107/NEWS01/301070003/Huell-Howser-dead-Californias-Gold-TV-icon. Retrieved January 9, 2013. ^ "The Volcano House - 50451 Silver Valley Rd., Newberry Springs, CA 92365 - Listing # 09-401249". 2010-04-01. http://takesunset.com/2010/04/the-volcano-house-50451-silver-valley-newberry-springs. Retrieved 2011-12-20. ^ Oliver, Elizabeth (May 7, 2012). "The Panther - Huell Howser donates volcano house to Chapman". ThePantherOnline.com. The Panther. http://www.thepantheronline.com/news/huell-howser-donates-volcano-house-to-chapman. Retrieved 2012-07-14. ^ Lindelof, Bill (November 27, 2012). "Huell Howser, maker of PBS shows about California, retiring". sacbee.com. Sacramento Bee. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/27/5013097/huell-howser-maker-of-pbs-shows.html. Retrieved January 10, 2013. ^ Collins, Scott. "Huell Howser quietly retires from public TV's 'California's Gold'". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/nov/28/entertainment/la-et-1128-huell-howser-20121128. Retrieved 12 January 2013. ^ Sources: Braxton, Greg (January 7, 2013). "Huell Howser dies at 67; TV host profiled California people and places". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-huell-howser-20130108,0,1021100.story. "Howser Didn't Want Memorial, Died of Cancer". http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Howser-Didnt-Want-Memorial-Died-of-Cancer-186069421.html. Retrieved 9 January 2013. Romero, Dennis. "Huell Howser Dead". LA Weekly. http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/01/huell_howser_dead.php?page=2. Retrieved 9 January 2013. "Huell Howser Cause of Death Revealed". http://www.tmz.com/2013/01/15/huell-howser-cause-of-death-revealed-metastic-prostate-conacer/. Retrieved 16 January 2013. ^ Day, Patrick Kevin (January 7, 2013 work=LATimes.com). "Huell Howser: Highlights from 'California's Gold' online". The Los Angeles Times - LATimes.com. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-huell-howser-highlights-online-20130107,0,7099196.story. Retrieved January 10, 2013. ^ "Chapman University, Huell Howser Archive". blogs.chapman.edu. http://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/. Retrieved January 8, 2013. ^ http://blogs.chapman.edu/happenings/2013/01/07/chapman-university-remembers-huell-howser/ ^ Doti, James L.. "Huell Howser's vault of 'Gold'". The Orange County Register. http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/huell-383207-california-gold.html. Retrieved 12 January 2013. ^ Arellano, Gustavo (January 7, 2013). "Remembering Huell Howser, Fan of OC Weekly, Lover of OC, Antagonist of OC Republicans". OCWeekly.com. http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2013/01/huell_howser_dead.php. Retrieved January 10, 2013. ^ "Remembering Huell, California's great adventurer". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-huell-howser-remembered-video-discussion-20130108,0,2996347.story. Retrieved January 8, 2013. NOTE: quotation is from embedded video at 3m 40s. ^ "April 2, 2008 - Mark Walberg and Artie Lange call into the studio; Dana Gould is in the studio". Adam Carolla. April 2, 2008. http://adamradio.wordpress.com/2008/04/02/april-2-2008-mark-walberg-and-artie-lange-call-into-the-studio-dana-gould-is-in-the-studio/. Retrieved 2008-05-08. ^ Lloyd, Robert (26 July 2009). "The wonder and awe that make up Huell Howser". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-ca-huell26-2009jul26,0,7955295.story. 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Huell Howser, 67, one of public television’s most iconic figures, died Sunday night, his assistant Ryan Morris said. No other details were given.

His platform was traditional and unflashy — highlighting familiar and off-the-beaten-track spots all around California in public television series with titles such as "California's Gold," "Visiting," "Road Trip" and "Downtown."

But though his shows were focused on points and people of interest, it was Howser who turned into the main attraction, tackling his subjects with an awestruck curiosity and relentless enthusiasm. His upbeat boosterism accompanied an appearance that was simultaneously off-kilter and yet somehow cool, with a hint of retro — a thick, square mane of white hair, sunglasses, shirts that showed off a drill sergeant's build and huge biceps, and expressions that ranged from pleasantness to jaw-dropping wonder with some of his discoveries. Often, he wore shorts.

Topping it all off was a molasses-smooth Tennessee twang which gave an irresistibly folksy flavor to his frequent exclamations of "Oh my gosh!" and "Isn't that amazing?" The voice and the aw-shucks demeanor were also catnip for comedians who delighted in imitating his tone — he was once parodied on "The Simpsons" and he was a favorite target of comedian Adam Corolla on his radio shows and podcasts. But he also proved to be a savvy businessman through his deals with broadcasters and sales of his shows on DVD.

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"We are deeply saddened to hear of Huell's passing. This is a tremendous personal and professional loss to his friends and colleagues as well as his legions of fans," said Al Jerome, president and chief executive of KCET. "Throughout his more than two decades with KCET, Huell inspired everyone at the station with his enthusiasm and storytelling about this great state in which we live.

"Huell was able to brilliantly capture the wonder in obscurity. From pastrami sandwiches and scarves loomed from lint to the exoticism of cactus gardens and the splendor of Yosemite, he brought us the magic, the humor and poignancy of our region. We will miss him very much."

Howser's death came only weeks after the announcement Nov. 27 that he was retiring and not filming any more original episodes of "California’s Gold."

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Comments 59   Comments (59) Add / View comments | Discussion FAQ itsmetherealyou at 9:48 PM January 10, 2013

Huell always had the one thing personality trait I find I value more than anything else yet I also find so many people lack: a true sense of wonder. I don't know how anyone could watch his shows and not find them entertaining and informative. They just don't make them like that anymore. We'll miss you, Huell. Thanks for the memories.

Steven Shultz at 12:29 PM January 08, 2013

Got the sad news today of the passing of Huell Howser. He touched millions with his homespun shows about the hidden corners of California. "Everything about California turned him into a kid on Christmas morning," Martin Kaplan, USC Norman Lear Chair in Entertainment, Media, and Society said about Huell. I had some memorable personal connections with him. Ginger SD and I met him at a breakfast spot in Palm Springs several years ago, and he instantly treated us like old friends. He was Grand Marshall in the annual Grubstakes Parade in my hometown of Yucca Valley one year. And he had a chance encounter with my Mom Frieda, which ended up on his TV show. Here's a video excerpt of that: https://vimeo.com/57007604 Happy trails Huell. You were loved, and you will be missed. Thanks for all the memories you shared about California, preserved on video to enrich future generations.

filmguy3d at 8:05 AM January 08, 2013

An inspiration to all documentarians, filmmakers and lovers of the human side of nature, people, buildings, anything Huell found interesting. TY .. I will revisit each and everyone of your episodes and relish what we have lost.

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California television personality Huell Howser, known for his affable interview style as he toured some of the state's landmark locations, died Sunday night at age 67, according to KCET.

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Howser, the host of TV's "California's Gold", retired from the show at the end of November after nearly two decades on public television stations. Howser died Sunday night from "natural causes," according to KCET.

Ryan Morris, Howser's producer and long-time friend, confirmed he died Sunday night at home after a "long illness."

Howser moved to Los Angeles in 1981. The Tennessee native worked at a television station in Nashville before serving in the Marine Corps.

He worked at WCBS in New York before moving to LA. "California's Gold" became the best known of Howser's magazine-style TV shows about his travels in the state, but he also hosted "Visiting with Huell Howser," "Road Trip with Huell Howser" and other programs.

Howser, who lived in Twenty-Nine Palms and Los Angeles, was known for his friendly style during his behind-the-scene interviews at restaurants, historic sites, schools and other community institutions.

His style was described as "magnificently unslick" by LA Times columnist Howard Rosenberg.

"We operate on the premise that TV isn’t brain surgery. People’s stories are what it’s all about," Howser said in a post on CalGold.com, the website of Huell Howser Productions. "If you have a good story, it doesn’t have to be overproduced. I want our stories to reveal the wonders of the human spirit and the richness of life in California, including its history, people, culture and natural wonders."

Howser's programs were broadcast on KCET in Southern California. A statement on the station's website described Howser as a host who "elevated the simple joys and undiscovered nuggets of living in our great state. He made the magnificence and power of nature seem accessible by bringing it into our living rooms. Most importantly, he reminded us to find the magic and wonderment in our lives every day."

In September 2011, Howser announced that he planned to donate his "California's Gold" episodes to Chapman University in Orange. The donation includes show episodes, papers and memorabilia related to the show.

The items are part of the Huell Howser Archive. Howser selected Chapman University because the school's president, James Doti, sent him a note to apologize after failing to connect with Howser during his visit to Orange.

"That really impressed me -- in this hectic world, to get a personal letter signed by the university president," Howser said of the letter. "That’s the kind of personal contact that resonates with me. It got me thinking about the legacy of my work and how I wanted it to become available to a wider audience." 

On Monday afternoon, Chapman University President James L. Doti released the following statement:

"Huell Howser was a beloved California icon, a true original and a truly good man. It has been a real privilege in these past few years to become his friend and to share in his immense enthusiasm for life and for everything around him. He loved California so very much, and above all he loved people: their life stories, their interests, their passions. And, of course, people adored him with equal intensity."

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