On January 5, KCET aired a marathon in tribute to the late Huell Howser, and the episodes were handpicked by viewers who voted in our online poll. Now Huell Howser fans can own a selection of the top vote-getting "Visiting... With Huell Howser" episodes on DVD. The cost? A $40 donation to KCET.
Here are the featured episodes:
- Pink's Hot Dogs
- Palm Springs History Tour #1
- Elephant Update
- Amir's Garden
- Musso & Frank
- Fern Dell
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Sauerkraut"
In 1896, the Kruegermann family started making pickles in Germany. The family immigrated to California in 1965 along with their secret family recipes for not only pickles but sauerkraut as well. In this episode, Huell spends the day with this wonderful family at their 25,000-foot facility, where he learns all about the art of sauerkraut!
Here's a preview:
Wednesday @ 7:30PM -- "Hair Convention"
Join Huell as he visits the 1997 Long Beach International Beauty Expo for a very exciting and colorful look at the world of beauty care. Huell and 50,000 beauty care professionals share a wild day.
KCET is honoring Black History Month in February with several programs that celebrate how African-Americans have shaped the nation's history. Here's a line-up of our relevant programs:
Tuesday, Feb. 4 @ 10PM: Education of Harvey Gantt
Narrated by Tony-winning actor Phylicia Rashad, The Education of Harvey Gantt tells the pivotal, yet largely forgotten, story of desegregation. Interviews with Gantt, distinguished scholars and civil rights veterans, and archival footage and reenactment illuminate the events leading up to Gantt's enrollment, the unfolding of entrance day and the impact of Clemson's integration on the state and the nation. In recounting this chapter of American civil rights history, the documentary illustrates how a determined young man, his family and his legal champions brought about permanent change.
Tuesday, Feb. 4 @ 10:30PM: Civic Life Of Nathaniel Colley
Nathaniel Colley, one of Sacramento's earliest African American lawyers, spent 50 years shaping the course of American history. His passion for education and civil rights brought Colley together with John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Rosa Parks, Edmund "Pat" Brown, and Bill Clinton. We'll discover the achievements of this Sacramento-born advocate for justice and equality.
Friday, Feb. 7 @ 8PM: Meet Mary Pleasant
Meet Mary Pleasant, the 19th-century African American woman born a slave who became an international abolitionist, a prosperous entrepreneur, and a civil-rights activist who helped alter modern-day civil rights law. Now called the Mother of Civil Rights in California,Pleasant--as activist and individual--was that and much more. Meet Mary Pleasant was winner of Best of Festival (Peace Medallion) Award for Best Documentary; Berkeley Video & Film Festival and Best Historical Documentary; New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in LA.
Sunday, Feb. 9 @ 11PM: Colored Frames
Colored Frames reflects on the last 50 years in African-American art by exploring the influences, inspirations and experiences of black artists. Beginning at the height of the Civil Rights Era and leading up to the present, it provides a truthful, unflinching look at often-ignored artists and their progeny. Impressionistic video collages showcase the wide variety, both thematically and stylistically, of contemporary pieces of black artists working in the genres of illustration, abstraction and surrealism, among others. Colored Frames also chronicles the black artist's struggle for visibility and acceptance in mainstream art society as well as their experiences challenging assumptions about what constitutes "blackness," even within their own community.
Friday, Feb. 14 @ 8:30PM: Integrating Ole Miss: James Meredith and Beyond
Integrating Ole Miss presents the University of Mississippi as a microcosm for the Civil Rights Movement in the state and across the nation. In the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, James Meredith became the first Black student to enroll at Ole Miss. His application created an uproar that made news around the world and culminated in a deadly riot and federal intervention. Fifty years later, the university is fully integrated and, in 2008, international spotlight was once again on the university - this time, however, to cover a presidential debate that featured the man who would become America's first Black President. From the status quo of 1960 to today, Ole Miss, like America, has grown and changed.
Friday, Feb. 14 @ 8PM: Jesse Owens: Enduring Spirit
This is the story of Jesse Owens, the son of Alabama sharecroppers who became one of the most celebrated athletes in the world after winning four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Owens attended the Ohio State University where he ran track and shattered many collegiate records. This program looks at the impact Owens had after he finished competing and his long relationship with Ohio State.
Friday, Feb. 21 @ 8PM: Building The Dream
Building the Dream recounts the journey of an idea for a national monument honoring Martin Luther King Jr. - from a group of friends talking around a kitchen table to the creation of this permanent symbol - to ensure King's Dream will remain alive for future generations.
Below are videos of past Black History Month local heroes:
Dr. Richard Allen Williams: Richard Allen Williams, MD, FACC and FAHA, has made it his mission to improve the health of all people while recognizing the particular medical issues affecting African Americans and other minorities through his nonprofit organization, Minority Health Institute, Inc. (MHI).
Angeles Echols-Brown: Mrs. Angeles Echols-Brown and her Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, Educating Young Minds (EYM), are building a better tomorrow for inner-city students.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Happy Wanderers"
Huell spends a day with the cast and crew of the popular 60s TV travel show, "The Happy Wanderers," and meets Henrietta, wife of the series star Slim Barnard.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Hollywood Ladies"
Huell visits with five ladies who were all actresses in the 40s and who have remained friends and walked together every Saturday for 50 years.
Attention all "Doc Martin" fans: You have a chance to show off how well you know a certain show about a crabby doctor in a picturesque English town!
Between now and KCET's premiere of the sixth season of "Doc Martin" on Thursday, February 6, we'll be asking four trivia questions. For every correct answer, you'll be put into a raffle to win a $150 gift certificate at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena -- a prize that would be perfect for a fancy, tea service. (See the official rules here.) What better way to celebrate a proper English gent like Martin?
If you missed the first three questions, no worries! There is one more! Here's your final "Doc Martin" trivia question: Where is the show filmed?
In the form below, type in your answer, plus your name, email address and phone number. If you give us the right answer, you're in!
And remember: This is the final question. You have until Feb. 5 to answer. Good luck!
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A year ago today, people throughout California mourned the loss of a person they'd never met but whom they felt like they knew. To longtime viewers of "California's Gold" and his other shows, Huell Howser was an educator, an entertainer, an ambassador to the Golden State, and an inspiration to find the amazing in the commonplace. And it was this love for the longtime public TV host that drew a band of fans to Griffith Park today, to say goodbye once again and to remember the work he did.
Just as last year's Huell Howser memorial had been, this event was organized by L.A. City Councilmember Tom LaBonge. "We're going to do what Huell would have wanted us to do," LaBonge declared, "We're going to look at the beautiful California gold of that sunset," at which point the crowd of around 100 took a moment to observe how beautiful California can be.
We're still airing our "viewer's choice" episodes this week! To find out how KCET viewers voted in our Huell Howser poll, click here. Read more about KCET's Huell-centric programming here and share your memories of Huell with other fans here.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "50's Motels"
The '50s live on in Palm Springs, and Huell Howser visits some of the best examples of architecture from that decade - motels.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Golden Gate Bridge"
California's most recognized landmark takes center stage in an episode which focuses on its history (including rare footage of its construction) its beauty, and the incredible maintenance work that goes on daily to keep this towering structure in mint condition.
The results are in! More than 6,000 votes have decided which Huell Howser episodes of "California's Gold" and "Visiting With Huell Howser" will air in the Jan. 5 marathon. Here are the top vote-getters, in order:
- "50s Motels"
- "Golden Gate Bridge"
- "Springtime in Death Valley"
- "California Flowers"
- "Half Dome"
- "Pink's Hot Dogs"
- "Ansel Adams"
- "Hollywood Sign"
- "Palm Springs History Tour #1"
The marathon will include five hour-long episodes, and the remaining episodes will air the following week.
Sunday, Jan. 5:
7 p.m. -- "In-N-Out Burger"
8 p.m. -- "Galco's"
9 p.m. -- "Life in Death Valley"
10 p.m. -- "Half Dome"
11 p.m. -- "Hollywood Sign"
Midnight -- "Classic Arts Showcase" (This, the last Huell episode ever made, is being added to the schedule as a producer's pick.)
Monday, Jan. 6:
7:30 p.m. -- "50s Motels"
Tuesday, Jan. 7:
7:30 p.m. -- "Golden Gate Bridge"
Wednesday, Jan. 8:
7:30 p.m. -- "Firefall"
Thursday, Jan. 9:
7:30 p.m. -- "California Flowers"
Friday, Jan. 10:
7:30 p.m. -- "Pink's Chili Dogs"
Saturday, Jan. 11:
5 p.m. -- "Ansel Adams"
5:30 p.m. -- "Palm Springs History Tour #1"
Sunday, Jan. 12:
7 p.m. -- "Elephant Update"
7:30 p.m. -- "Classic Arts Showcase" (encore presentation)
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Soap"
Huell travels to the Soap Kitchen in Pasadena to learn all about soap-making, from the early history of mixing animal tallow with wood ashes, to the mass market bars of Ivory soap. This adventure will leave you clean all over!
Watch a preview:
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Abalone Farm"
Huell travels to the Central Coast to visit an abalone farm. For years, Californian's could pluck these mollusks off the rocks at low tide. Over fishing and pollution has forced people to come up with other ways to supply our needs, The Abalone Farm Inc. in Cayucos has been growing and selling abalone since 1968. Huell also goes to a local café to sample some farm raised abalone.
Monday @ 7:30PM -- "Movie Nursery"
Huell visits Jackson Shrub, a family owed and operated nursery that has been supplying the movie and television industry with both live and artificial plants since 1937.
Tuesday @ 7:30PM -- "Ablitt House"
Huell visits this unique house which was built on a 20-by-20 square foot lot in the heart of Old Town Santa Barbara.
Watch a preview: