Sunset Salute to Huell Howser Scheduled for January 15

[Update: Read our report from the event.]

An outpouring of stories and memories from fans across California have come to us since we learned of Huell Howser's passing. Now many will have the chance to gather to remember the man who taught us so much about our home.

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L.A. City Councilmember Tom LaBonge today said he's organizing a "Sunset Salute" on January 15 at Griffith Observatory, a location befitting to Howser's work. "I felt compelled to do something for my friend and everyone's angel," LaBonge said, noting that he understood Howser did not want a public ceremony. "Maybe if I am lucky enough to get to Heaven, he'll punch me out; I had to do this."

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will order all city flags to half staff the same day, LaBonge said.

The sun will set at 5:07 p.m. Remarks are scheduled for 4 p.m. If Observatory parking, which is free throughout the park, is at a capacity, complimentary shuttles can be picked up at The Greek Theatre.

Photo: Sunset from Griffith Observatory. Taken by Steven Bevacqua/Flickr/Creative Commons License

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Zach Behrens is KCET's Director of News, Region and State, working on digital and on-air news products that relate to Southern California and beyond.
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He always cheered us up; u can call it a contact enthusiasm. Having worked in newspaper &radio journalism myself he was a role model in many ways. He raised awareness in a kind way, from arts to nature&beyond. Now being a cooped-up ill senior longing to travel, he helped me be the vicarious armchair traveler. Faves were the soda pop market, armenians, &especially the Bunny Museum; as my bunny Meadow was the love of my life & he raised bunny awareness, a neglected species. If anyone knows of a carpool to the memorial please email me? I live near Carpinteria (cre8lite11@gmail).

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I started watching KCET Huell Howser when the shops first started. Video Log. It was awesome, places I visited when I was young (California Native) and places I hoped to visit. Over the years my son watched the show and 7:00 P.M. at our house was a time to rest and enjoy Huell. There was so many shows that are my favorite. The tree in yard or called the Vine, Donut with Stans, Poppy in the Desert, The man that painted the mountain in the desert and needed paint. Parks all around, golden gate bridge and the L.A Window washers on the tower. Old missions all around. The list never stops. We will miss his smile and wonderful T.V. show. I will miss his wonderful spirit and love for or wonderful State of California. California has lost a True California Gold. I hope they name a park after him and put a statue somewhere of him. It is so needed.

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I had never met Huell, but he was in my home every week just like an old friend. Now that he is gone, I realize how I took him for granted. I wept like a baby when I heard of his passing. He was like part of the family. I regret I cannot make the memorial at Griffith Park, But I hope KCET will be there to cover it and and post it on their web site for those of us who are not fortunate enough to attend. Thank you Huell Howser and KCET for you many years of quality entertainment.