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January 8, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
If your job is traveling around California, as mine has been on and off since 1992, you get used to two things. First, wherever you go, the odds are good that Mark Twain beat you to it 140 years ago.   Second, the odds are even better than Huell Howser, California's tourist laureate, beat you 14 years ago. If so, you can bet that the locals remember his visit fondly, and that legions of Californians remember it too. It's happened to me at...
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BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Huell Howser's desert retreat in Twentynine Palms has sold, along with an adjacent 71-acre parcel, for $650,000 in an all-cash deal. The proceeds from the sale of the late travelogue host's house benefit an endowed scholarship and Howser archives as Chapman University in Orange. There were multiple offers on the Midcentury Modern home, which has 2,221 square feet of living space and sits on 12 acres. Howser renovated the house after he bought the property more than 15 years ago for $160,000.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2013 | Greg Braxton
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 TV 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.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Huell Howser's house in Twentynine Palms has come on the market at $395,000. Proceeds from the sale of the late travelogue host's desert retreat will go to Chapman University. The Midcentury Modern home, built in 1953, has 2,221 square feet of living space that Howser renovated after he bought the property more than 15 years ago for $160,000. He infused the interiors with industrial-style minimalist details including concrete kitchen counters and floors, stainless-steel baseboards and a master bath sink made by inverting a vintage streetlight fixture.
OPINION
January 17, 2013
Re "Fans bid Howser farewell," Jan. 16 When Huell Howser passed away, he apparently made it very clear to his friends and loved ones that he did not want a memorial service. It's a shame that L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge felt that he knew best and organized a memorial service for Howser at the Griffith Observatory. Was it well attended? Certainly; people loved Howser and wanted to honor him. Was it respectful? Absolutely not. LaBonge showed little respect to Howser by blatantly disregarding his final wishes.
OPINION
January 9, 2013
Re "Folksy television host," Obituary, Jan. 8 Huell Howser was no hick with a microphone. I knew him for more than 30 years, and believe me, what we saw on TV was only part of him. Yes, the exuberance was sincere. He was extremely bright and complex, however, with an edge to his thinking that never surfaced on the screen. He had strong opinions about many things, including historic preservation - that was his passion. And also media. Privately, he was savagely critical of contemporary media, especially local TV news, which he felt, rightly, observed Los Angeles almost exclusively through a distorted prism of street violence and celebrities.
TRAVEL
January 20, 2013
Golden moment with Huell Howser I will never forget the day at the end of 1998 that my friend Eva and I met Huell Howser ["What Made Him Huell," by Christopher Reynolds, Jan.13]. We had just visited St. Sophia Cathedral, inspired by one of Howser's shows, and afterward went to C&K (Greek) Importing for lunch. To our amazement and delight, in walked Howser, the nicest guy in the world. He graciously allowed us to take a group photo with himself and the owner of the restaurant, Papa Cristo, one of his many friends.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
KCET announced that "SoCal Connected" will air a special episode Monday in memory of Huell Howser, the longtime host of KCET's "California's Gold," "Visiting With Huell Howser," "California's Golden Parks" and "California's Green. " Cameraman Luis Fuerte, who worked with Howser for most of his career, and producer Phil Noyes will share their memories along with author and historian D.J. Waldie. KCET executives Al Jerome and Mary Mazur are also scheduled to appear. The special airs at 5:30 p.m. and repeats at 10. ALSO: Huell Howser dies at 67 Huell Howser: Career in pictures Huell Howser: On "California's Gold," he was main attraction
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Huell Howser, the public television host of "California's Gold," among other shows, died Sunday at age 67. Even though there will be no new episodes of his long-running adventures throughout the Golden State (he'd already retired from the show late last year), there are plenty of highlights left online for fans to continue to visit with the outspoken California booster. For the hard-core fan, or people with a lot of time on their hands, Howser's entire run of 443 episodes over 18 seasons are maintained at Chapman University's website in the Huell Howser Archive . But everybody has their own favorite Huell Howser moment, and several are posted on YouTube.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Huell Howser, the host of the public television series "California's Gold," left behind a wealth of material when he donated the entire 18-season run of his state travelogue series to Chapman University in Orange County. And as noted fans of Howser commemorate the host's passing on Sunday at age 67, their memories can now be backed up with video assistance. On KCET's website , the channel that aired "California's Gold," comedian James Adomian, who did a killer Howser impression for Funny or Die and the "Comedy Bang Bang" podcast, recalled his favorite episode as the "Firefall.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Nearly a year after he died, beloved television host Huell Howser is being commemorated with a special tribute on KCET. The channel -- the nation's largest independent public television station -- issued a call to fans to vote on their all-time favorite episodes of Howser's shows "California's Gold" and "Visiting with Huell Howser. " Each episode of the former, which was Howser's most popular show, features Howser introducing viewers to very special places and people in California.
NEWS
January 30, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes area is a little-traveled patch of California that Huell Howser loved and "Wow-ed!" about. The PBS TV host visited the 18-mile coastal stretch from Pismo Beach to Point Sal several times, filmed it for his " California's Golden Coast" series and helped campaign for a museum on the site. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center in Guadalupe became a reality in 1999, and now the center will pay tribute to one of its biggest fans with a memorial hike on Feb. 9. Howser, 67, died of prostate cancer Jan. 7. "He organized fundraisers and gave some speeches," Lindsey Whitaker, education and administrative coordinator for the Dunes Center, said Tuesday.
TRAVEL
January 20, 2013
Golden moment with Huell Howser I will never forget the day at the end of 1998 that my friend Eva and I met Huell Howser ["What Made Him Huell," by Christopher Reynolds, Jan.13]. We had just visited St. Sophia Cathedral, inspired by one of Howser's shows, and afterward went to C&K (Greek) Importing for lunch. To our amazement and delight, in walked Howser, the nicest guy in the world. He graciously allowed us to take a group photo with himself and the owner of the restaurant, Papa Cristo, one of his many friends.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Public television star Huell Howser, who died this month of prostate cancer, did not talk openly about his illness because "he never wanted the story to be about him," his assistant said. The host of the TV series "California's Gold," which focused on unique and commonplace locales around the state, died Jan. 7 at his home in Palm Springs. "He was dedicated to doing his job even when he was sick," said Ryan Morris, his assistant of seven years. Howser had ambitious plans last year for the show that he ended up having to cancel, Morris said.
OPINION
January 17, 2013
Re "On the field and in the closet," Opinion, Jan. 13 How sad that there is a movement afoot, as Wade Davis writes, to "make it safer for athletes to be open about their sexuality" - which means, of course, their homosexuality. I fail to understand why athletes need to feel threatened about this issue. One's ability to play the sport should be the only criterion. Heterosexuals are not asked to declare their sexual orientation; why should any gay athlete feel pressured to come out?
OPINION
January 17, 2013
Re "Fans bid Howser farewell," Jan. 16 When Huell Howser passed away, he apparently made it very clear to his friends and loved ones that he did not want a memorial service. It's a shame that L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge felt that he knew best and organized a memorial service for Howser at the Griffith Observatory. Was it well attended? Certainly; people loved Howser and wanted to honor him. Was it respectful? Absolutely not. LaBonge showed little respect to Howser by blatantly disregarding his final wishes.
NEWS
January 8, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Those who knew Huell Howser, both personally and as a regular presence in their homes illuminating the far-flung corners of our state as the host of "California's Gold," are sending their eulogies to letters@latimes.com. Howser died Monday at age 67, following his sudden retirement from television in November. My first exposure to Howser was as a middle school student sitting through a classroom lesson on Islam. Our teacher turned on the TV and let Howser do the explaining. In this episode, he visited a group of California Muslims and conducted several one-on-one interviews.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
As was often the case, television personality Huell Howser captured the Coachella scene perfectly. Howser, who died Sunday at age 67 , traveled throughout Southern California during a career highlighting its myriad cultural offerings. As such, he journeyed to Indio, Calif., with typically boundless curiosity for a segment on KCET-TV in 2008 on the annual festival. Howser's take comes near the end of the feature: "It's just a beautiful, beautiful feeling here. Everybody is mellow and kind of chilling out here waiting for the particular group that they're here to listen to. It's all good.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2013 | Nita Lelyveld
Everyone thought they knew what Huell Howser would have said if he'd been standing outside Griffith Observatory just before sunset Tuesday afternoon. If he'd climbed the observatory steps in a short-sleeved button down, khakis and work boots and taken in the hundreds who had come to celebrate him, a crowd stretching in glorious honeyed light beyond the Astronomers Monument and into the overflowing parking lot. If he'd known that his fans had started arriving about 9 a.m. for a public memorial due to start at 3:30 p.m., that among them were teenagers and nonagenarians, some of whom had driven for hours -- from the far-flung California cities and small towns he'd visited, from the mountains and deserts he loved.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
A self-proclaimed "super fan" of Huell Howser, the beloved host of "California's Gold" who died Jan. 6, is staging a grass-roots effort to put together a tribute book that will honor the folksy public television host. Robert DaGasta, a buyer and seller of pop culture memorabilia, has been traveling around the city visiting numerous locales that Howser featured in his program to solicit "tribute pages" that would feature photos and remembrances of Howser. The pages, he said, give locals a chance to say farewell to Howser in a personal way. "We love Huell, and we really wanted to do something to honor him," DaGasta said.
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