Remembering Huell

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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Huell you will be missed ! Rest in peace.

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I remember when i had went to mtoion picture tradeshow in Los Angeles in 1982 I had been walking the floor a stands this smiling man and he came up to me a greeted me as one of the sposors host it had dawned to me it was Huel Howser. Huell and i had time to chat at lunch he had told me he was so sorry
how the US Governament had put Japanese American in the camps he wanted to know my parents life then as well if my father joined the 442nd which i said yes he siad as an ex marine he knows how my dad
felt but most of all he said this should never happen again to any group or race. This kind man always showed his intrest in all forms but the most his second home California. If Huell ran for govenor he would toss the politic away and had set a whole new rule to all Californian's just be a friend and he was a freind. He will be missed.

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Huell's warmth jumps off the screen and into our living rooms. He really appreciates the people who tell share their stories. You always feel like you're discovering right along with him. That's why the episodes stay fresh and I'm hopefully we keep showing them.

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So many great Huell moments - Huell in the Hearst Castle swimming in the pool ! Poinsettia farm, the persimmons episode, with the low riders at the auto show LA....

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Sad day for television. I met him at the Tiki Drive-In event in Montebello a few years back. I wasn't too familiar with him at the time but my boyfriend wanted to meet him. Huell was doing a meet and greet in the snack bar; Huell waited until every last person met him or got their picture taken with him before he left. A true gentleman.

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I was fortunate to have met Huell Howser several times; at the Glendale Galleria, Angels Flight, Dodger Stadium, and the Rose Bowl.
He was truly one of the few people I have met that is even nicer in person than they appear on television. Los Angeles, California, the television industry, and the world have lost a true "gentle man".
You will be greatly missed, that you for all you shared.

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Very sad day, my family and I loved Huell Howser and "California's Gold". Cold Springs Tavern, Catalina, Fort Tejon, Pinks and all the other places we journey'd to as a result of watching his show has made our lives richer. You will be missed.

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Videologs of the elephant man visiting Nita. Huell even visited Nita after the elephant man died. Huell was a very dear person.

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I met Huell a few years ago at an LA Art Walk. My boyfriend and I went up and introduced ourselves. He was as genuine in person as he was on TV. He left such an impression on us and on everyone who enjoyed watching him as he guided us on "California's Gold". You will be missed Huell!!!! I hope KCET runs a marathon of Huell's shining moments....

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My wife and I ran into Huell at Philippe's a couple years ago. All I wanted to do was shake his hand and thank him for all he has done for the betterment of the region. But he put his sandwich down, and started to interview me: "How long y'all been comin' here?" he asked, with sincere interest in MY history. "Huell," I thought to myself, "please just enjoy your lunch ... " What a warm, genuine man. Later saw him in Riverside, where he told us how he watered his plants at home ... those in attendance know what I am talking about (grin).

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My husband and I moved to California 14 years ago from Nebraska. Huell Howser and his wonderful "California's Gold" made us want to visit soooooooooo many spots in California (and we have!). His enthusiasm jumped through the television! Watching episode 609, "Teardrop Trailers", prompted us to by our first camper which was a teardrop called a Little Guy. We moved up to another teardrop called a Tab and we currently have an Airstream. Thanks Huell! You'll be missed!

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This is sad. I watched almost all his shows. Every year I would take a 7-10 day motorcycle vacation around California and always planned a bunch of places he had been in those rides. Gotta say, saw a lot of things I normally would not of seen and meet a lot of people I will never forget. He truly changed my life for the better. RIP Huell, you will be missed

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He was a force of nature. I first worked with him in New York. He was brought to WCBS, and then onto KNXT with Jamie Bennett. He was always cordial, devoted to his craft, and a wonderful spirit to be around. One of a kind, exactly what makes for great performers and talented television personalities

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Mourning Huell is like mourning a family member for me. Vivid memories of my dad (smartly) forcing me to watch him on PBS, religiously, are crisp in my mind, contributed to my foundation as a person, and are cumbersome to let go of. Huell's 'blank canvas' way of running an interview, impacted and stuck with me as a young adult. When I was 19 I JUMPED into complex long-form, film festival interviewing with no training or guidance, and then, went on to speak w MANY VIPs at other events. I was in WAY over my head and so young, and people responded very well. I thought, that if my childhood was filled with Huell Howser and his incessant curiosity for all things, ill just muddle thru and be ok. Turns out, I was okay. To any one who is a product of a PBS/KCET upbringing, this is really a very very sad loss. Maybe even sadder, is that maybe his fans did not get to fully express their gratitude and fervor. I know I didn't. RIP, and have the angels show you around up there.

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Not long after we moved from Memphis to Los Angeles in 1997, I turned on the TV one day and heard this Middle Tennessee twang talking about California, and I said, "Whaaaaa???!!!" It was so nice to find a fellow Tennessean out here with his accent intact--a sound even the best actors seldom succeed in reproducing. I loved his enthusiasm for the new and unfamiliar and his joy in sharing it all with the rest of us.

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I just can't stop crying.....in this world of few heroes, he was one of mine. I was blessed to have met him at the Long Beach Naval Base when he tried to help save it. His love of EVERYTHING good was one of the brightest parts of my life as I don't think I ever missed one of his shows and watched them dozens of times over and always will. No matter what was wrong with the day, he always made everything all right. Rest In Peace Huell.

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I was so sad when he announced the end of his California trips. Now I am even sadder to hear of his passing. I will always be grateful to him for getting us out of the house and exploring California spots after seeing them on his shows. For many years we have discovered so many great places to eat and so many great places to visit. I loved the way he would try anything at least once. My favorite was when he tried Menudo. He didn't want to but he did and did it with a smile. He was a special, kind and gentle man. The kind of person I wish we had more of. Thanks Huell, we will miss you. God bless.

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I remember the menudo episode! He was such a sport about it!

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The nicest man, I am so sad today. I met him at my office one afternoon, then after he called me at home to cheer me up one afternoon when I was sick. He did a show at my Uncle's farm. A wonderful human who will be missed by many. Thank you Huell for all the information and enthusiasm over the years.

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This is a very sad day to lose someone who brought so much joy. I never had a chance to meet him in person, but I did speak to him on the phone. It was a happy surprise for me. I sent an email to the show email address and wasn't expecting a response. A few weeks later I got a phone call and it was him thanking me for my email! We spoke for about ten minutes. He was as kind and genuine on the phone as he appears on TV.

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We will miss your eternal optimism and good humor! Rest in peace.

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My favorite episode is when he shows up to the Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs unannounced and makes an hour long episode out of it. He comments about the painting of Burt Lancaster and interviews the owner of the cafe on the phone.

He later meets a native and talks to him about his rock collection for 15 minutes.

Huell can find enjoyment about anything and everything. We could all be more like Huell.

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I am missing him already. I watched his shows on KCET since Videolog back in the 1980s. I had the good fortune to talk to him over the phone back in 2007 after he read my letter telling him how much I enjoyed his shows. I was so surprised to hear from him and how he took the time out of his busy schedule just to talk to little 'ol me. He was unique and truly one of California's Gold. Rest in peace Huell.

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Irreplaceable. And missed already.

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You will always be... California's Gold! Thank you so much for showing me so many byways of California! =)

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My favorite memory of Huell Howser was his show on California's Capitol Building stairs. haha. It was an hour long special on just stairs! But it was entertaining because he added lots of personality to the show. His simplicity, politeness, and upbeat attitude was always a joy to watch, and he was a great Californian. RIP Huell. We'll keep watching your show!

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Well, I have been in California for the last 12 years of my life and Huell showed me the beauty of this state, and because of him I really love this place, it is one of the most beautiful places in the world, I really like the way he presented it and I am shocked to learn he is no longer here but I know his legacy will live on for forever. RIP Huell, you will be sorely missed.

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Huell always showed so much respect for everyone he interviewed. It wasn't for show; it was real, it was honest and it made a big impression on me. I will miss him and his great shows!

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I met Huell once. He was such a nice, kind person. I knew he had retired from California's Gold, but had no idea he was ill, and his death comes as a shock to me. There have been a few things I have checked out after having seen them on "California's Gold," such as the Monarch butterflies that rest in a eucalyptus grove up the coast. And there are many more things he made me aware of that are on my "to do" list. His enthusiasm, for so many things, will be greatly missed. The world is a better place because he was in it.

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What a sad day for all Huell's fans! I had the pleasure of meeting him twice..once at Broguiere's dairy and he laughed hysterically at me gulping down that wonderful chocolate milk. The second time was just about a year ago when he delievered a speech at Chapman University about the donation of his video library. He was sooo funny! He kept the standing room only crowd in stitches. He thought it was so funny that college students had a "Huell Howser drinking game"!! I think we will play it again in his honor. Huell had that down home sort of friendliness that you don't typically find in California. I have been inspiried to visit the places in so many of his shows. My favorite show(s) is the California Missions. I was inspired to go see them all myself after watching Huell's specials on them. While I didn't make it to all of the Missions, I did make it to over half of them and I have Huell to thank for planting that seed of interest in my head. Godspeed Huell, you will be missed! Huell is California's Gold.

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Huell Howser was California Gold; a true treasure. RIP good man. I learned a lot of interesting California history from you.

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I am very sad to hear of Huell's passing. I have watched his shows since the beginning. I was privileged to spend a day with him in LA. He led a special tour of different locations in LA. We started out at California Plaza, then we took Angel's Flight down to Broadway. We went to the Grand Central market and got an insider tour of the classic Los Angeles Theatre. We went to the Biltmore Hotel and the LA County Library. We finished up with lunch together at Phillipe's. I will always remember meeting Huell and cherish the memories of that day.

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I am completely heartbroken. Huell was a best friend to eveyone who watched his show. That's exactly how it feels. I lost my best bud today.... An absolute treasure. An absolute icon. An absolute gentleman. Although you are gone, your legacy will love on. I love you Huell. RIP :(

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I am completely heartbroken. Huell was a best friend to eveyone who watched his show. That's exactly how it feels. I lost my best bud today.... An absolute treasure. An absolute icon. An absolute gentleman. Although you are gone, your legacy will love on. I love you Huell. RIP :(

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Huell was a kind and generous man. He came to my aunt's 100th birthday party because he honored those who lived long lives. I am saddened that his was so short. He will be missed by all Californian's. He is one of California's Golden treasures. We have all been given a gift with his loving celebration of our state. Thank you, Huell. You will be missed.

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One afternoon my wife and I, we both work at UCLA, had gone into the village for lunch. We had stopped in front of Stan's Donuts and I was drooling over the chocolate peanut butter donut when I heard this very familiar twang talking about Stan's. I said to my wife...I think Huell Howser is filming us...and she spun around and sure enough, there he was, with Cameron shooting from across the street towards Stan's. It was a great thing, made even greater by the fact that for 1/100th of a second you can see the two of us in the opening of the finished program! Huell...I listened to you on the old KABC Ken and Bob Saturday Special radio program and have never, ever been disappointed by anything you've done. Like St. Therese, who reveled in God's littlest creations, you brought out the beauty of His creation when you stopped to ponder the smallest of creation. Whether it was a blooming wild flower in Death Valley or a knic-knack on someone's shelf. You will be greatly missed but always remembered by me and mine for as long as California stays golden. Rest in peace you gentle soul. Who do we have to bug to get all of California's flags lowered to half-mast for this good man?

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I met Huell at an appearance he did years ago (it must have been in the mid 90's) at a store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. I was close enough the the front of the line that I was able to see and hear him when he first came out. I remember he was offered a bottle of water, and a chair to sit in behind a table, by one of the coordinators of the event. He refused the chair, and chose to stand instead, saying that all the people who came to see him had been standing and waiting for a long time. I don't remember much about what he said to me when it was my turn to meet him. I do remember him coming out from behind the table to take a photo with me. I remember his warm handshake. I remember him being taller than I thought he would be! And I remember his friendly nature, his contagious smile, and his genuine enthusiam for meeting his fans. I had been a fan of his show before, but I walked away from the experience with a new respect for the man Huell Howser. The world is truly a poorer place today with his passing. Thank you, Huell, for showing us all that there is always a story to be found, if you just open your eyes and look for it.

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Sad to hear about Huell passing away, I didn't know about him until one day I was flipping through the channels and saw a white haired guy with a mic walking around one of California's great state parks. It looked interesting and to see how much he loved it and showed us I had a new program to watch. It was always nice seeing all the new places Huell would visit and at the same time introduce me to them. He will be missed, thank you Huell for the great memories. R.I.P.

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This is indeed a very sad day. I didn't realize until I heard the news of his passing on the radio today how much Huell really meant to me. Of the hundreds of episodes I've enjoyed over the years, the one that sticks out in my mind right now was the final cattle roundup on Santa Rosa Island - which documented the end of a piece of California history.

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Oh Huell . . . how could anyone not be drawn in by your infectious manner and fascinating California landmarks and interesting obscurities???? I don't know how many years since I discovered you on PBS but you have been a beacon of friendship and fascinating TV journalism & will always and forever be welcome in my living room. Thank you for showing us our wonderful state and doing it so sweetly and disarmingly. You adorable man, I wanted us to marry and make more discoveries together! Your passing affects me just as much as did Walt Disney. You are a treasure -- I miss you already!

Lots of great episodes, but lately I keep remembering the one where old carpet is recycled into carpet padding. His enthusiasm could make ANYTHING interesting!!

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What a sad day today for me and my wife to hear of a great man passing on,Huell is a staple in our home to view,my wife never even heard of Huell till she met me and then she was hooked on his wonderful show,even a lot of my coworkers loved his show.
Huell you will be missed,wish I could met you and shook your hand
R.I.P.

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Dear Huell, thank you so much for all the wonderful shows you presented. Great adventures that would have been long forgotten if it hadn't been for you! Loved them all - from the "Old Ridge Route" to local historic restaurants. Rest in peace and please know how much your adventures meant to those of us who watched them and became so much more aware of California's history! You are truly an example of "California's Gold!"

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Huell took all of us places we will never see in person, and made us know the wonderful state we live in. He served his community as well as any neighbor could. His journeys will live forever in all the hearts and minds that shared in them. My favorite memory is during the riots after the Rodney King trial when he went into ground zero and tried to stop the violence by himself with no protection, what a brave soul! Thanks Huell for a life well lived!

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As a California native, my mom and I enjoyed touring our beautiful state and meeting our fellow neighbors along with Huell. That's what Huell was...a good neighbor.

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I just loved watching "Videolog", "California's Gold" and all of Huell's programs on PBS. He was such an ambassador for all things California, presented to home viewers with such a joyful enthusiasm. He will surely be missed. My earliest favorite episode was "The String Lady". Huell was so sweet interviewing this little old lady that actually collected strings from the newspapers to make crocheted doilies for her home. My husband and I visited many places that Huell featured on his programs, like Bodie, Mono Lake, Hearst Castle, and countless other places. I also loved all the California historical gems Huell uncovered, like the Chicago Cubs training at Catalina Island. In fact, I got to meet Huell at Two Harbors on Catalina Island, and he was such a nice man in person. RIP .

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I have been watching Huell since his early Videolog days and have been an avid follower since then. He's been like a beloved Uncle. I will miss his familiar phrases: "we're speeding down the highway", "we're going into the inner sanctum", "oh boy", "reeaaally!", "oh, excuse me!", "does it feel lucey goosey?", "it's hot, hot, hot!". Gee, my TV hero is gone. How sad.

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I too loved watching Huell and all his shows. He made it so EZ to watch and relate. I watched him for years. I remember I heard he was coming to our little town and was coming to the local restraunt. The wife and made plans and were there sitting when he came in. He did interview us while sitting there then we followed him around while they shot the rest of the show. Took a few pictures with him too. What a GREAT GUY ON & OFF the camera. It's a SAD DAY. My favorite TV person of ALL TIME
RIP
Huell

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I liked his quote " Hey...Wait a minute"

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So many places, so many new adventures. Because of Huell.
Visited Nethercutt museum, monarch butterflies in Pismo, restaurants, borders of CA, redwood forests, Santa Barbara history, Huell was our teacher. Thank you! But our best was seeing Huell at the Teardrop trailer gathering years ago. That one show inspired us to get our own teardrop trailer which we just did this past March - we've been to our own gatherings and had a blast, all because of Huell's one show. We will miss you so much!

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Not liked, LOVED Huell since Videlog. When he repeated everything with emphasis, Epic. Huell Howser & Chick Hearns (Cali Treasures), California Gold. You'll be missed.

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When I moved from New York to California, I learned so much from watching Hugh's shows about Los Angeles and California landmarks and hidden good eats places.
Today is a sad day for me, I must admit, I did shed few tears.
He will and always will be missed by me.
Words can not describe how I feel now so I will only say this:
Thank you Hugh for all the travels....

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I loved his trips to Broguiere's Dairy. Would never have known about their Egg Nog if it weren't for Huell. He was a joy to watch because he was always excited about the places he visited--no matter how mundane the location, he always found the fun in it. He had childlike wonder about him--was fascinated by everything he saw, and all of the people he met. Just saw him last week getting a thrill out of the Double Dip French Dip sandwich at Philippes. He will always be synonymous with "California's Gold" because he was just that.

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What a shock! My first rememberances of Huell was in my late 20's. 1985 or so. When I would visit my Grandfather in Camarillo and he would have Huell on. We sat there and took a trip that only Huell could take us on. From that moment the first thing I would look up on my many visits from Reno to Ventura County was when California's Gold or Visiting or Roadtrip would be on KCET, I would make a point to not miss . I lost my Grandpa in 2003, and now I lost another "friend" Sunday, another connection my Grandpa and I had. May God Bless the Howser family, this day and always. Hugh now has the most wonderful view of California from his perch in Heaven. God Bless Huell Howser's soul.

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I will truly miss Huell Howser. I remember watching his shows since I was a child and I thank him for the many tours of California's Gold and the fun in hearing his infamous "Oh Boy". You will live in our hearts so as long as the re-runs continue. Rest in Peace Huell.

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Real sad to hear the news. His shows were a relief from todays TV programming. Always enjoyed his shows. Will be missed.

Deepak

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Mr. Huell Howser ,

You are a true class act! What a difference you have made in the lives of so many through your passion, activism and dedication to taking us on a fascinating journey through your storytelling, exuberance and enthusisasm. We are truly lucky to have been able to experience your incredible legacy. You will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace my friend in Christ. Peace and blessings.

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Very sad news. Even when the one-line description in the schedule didn't grab me, he made any topic interesting. I can picture him walking around heaven saying "This is AMAZING!"

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Such sad news! Huell made it ok to be old fashioned and corny and sweet and full of enthusiasm for the small wonders as well as the big ones. Everyone teases about his "Golly!" comments, but every one loved them and him. He made it ok to say "Golly!" And that's what we say about his life and his gift to our community: Golly! Did you see how Huell lived his life? He did what he loved and took us all along with him. Isn't that amazing?! We will really miss him.

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Rest in Peace Huell..... Thank you for your nuggets of gold and infectious enthusiasm. You'll be greatly missed.

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Rest In Peace Huell Howser and Icon in Television and irreplaceable. Thank you for all the wonderful shows and memories my friend. I'm sure your doing a great show on Heaven right now. My thoughts and prayers go out to Huell's family and friends and all of California. We will never forget you Huell. God Bless. My deepest sympathies, Max Jay Hinmon.

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Wow, what a shocker! Huell Howser has always been one of my most favorite tv hosts. I am absolutely a fan of "California's Gold" on KQED here in Northern CA in the PBS network. All of the episodes of California's Gold are wonderful.

The episodes that do stick out in my mind though are these two episodes (I am going to describe these episodes' content as I do not remember what were their actual titles were.):

Surfing Capital of the World: Santa Cruz, CA - Huell interviewed my husband's stepfather, Hal Goody, along with a bunch of former surfers who inhabited Santa Cruz, CA in the early 60's. The Santa Cruz Surfer Museum was also featured.

California Christmas Music - This was an actual hour-long show that featured Christmas music performed by California mariachi bands. I absolutely loved this show! I would've loved to have had a working VHS tape recorder at the time to tape this show. The music was beautiful.

RIP, Huell, and God Bless. You will be sorely missed.

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I never got to meet Huell in person, but in a way I did. His charm and grace pulled you in with every one of the places he took us to in the comfort of our own living rooms. He had the wide eyed wonder of a child and was genuinely amazed at finding all the little nooks and crannies of California. I was born here and never knew about the majority of places had he not shown us. It was therefore with shock and disbelief when I heard today that he had passed away. There are a few times in ones life when you remember where you were when something somber and tragic happens. The one that stands out in my mind is the passing of President Kennedy. But along side his memory is one of a sweet country boy from Tennessee who made me proud to be an American and proud to be a Californian.

I just saw Huell singing "California Here I Come," an excerpt of which is "Open up that Golden Gate." Well...I dont doubt he is singing in heaven with the verse "Open Up Those Pearly Gates!." with that terrific smile and genuine heart felt feeling that was so pure and true. Thank you Huell...for brightening up my world and the worlds of so many. Heaven is a bit brighter because you are there. Rest In Peace...you were our true California Gold.

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I had the priviledge of giving Huell a tour of Bolton Hall Museum in Tujunga. He told us he didn't want to know anything about our history before the tour. This was his secret to the freshness and his delightful surprise at the things we his viewers discovered with him. I'm glad I met him and sorry he's gone.

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I met him when I was about...oh idk, 8 or 9, out at a bar with my parents, in palm springs, my dad nudged us and said, "Look, that is Huell, I KNOW it! and we doubted him, so me and him walked up to Huell, and we asked,"Are you Huell Howser?" So he said"Whos Askin'?" lol, and so we talked, all had a drink, and he signed a piece of paper for me, so now I have a piece of history, and he was THE nicest person, Usually TV people are snobs, but I am really sad. Just a few years later, and he passed away. All I have to remember him by is that signature....

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I loved his shows and will miss him dearly. Condolences to family, friends and colleagues. One of my favorite episodes was when he visited Murphys. Rest in peace Huell.

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We've watched Huell nearly every night for the past 10 years, my Mom loved his arms and couldn't wait to see him and where he had been. We kept a note book in the family room to write down those interesting places he'd been, then plan short trips to see those wonderful places. He even showed us amazing places in our home town we'd never seen. Just last weekend we went to Pismo Beach to see the butterflies again, we'd been going there 40 years and never knew about the butterflies. Thank you Huell for the memories.

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I would often find myself greatly entertained and educated by Huell's meandering through California. He went places I never heard of and places I always wanted t go. There were so many, many places I can't remember just one. However, I was often taken by Huell's keen appreciation for what we have in this state. He was truly interested in the people, the geography, the lore, and so much more.
I truly will miss this man. My deepest condolences to his fans, his colleagues, and most of all his family. I hope you all find comfort in knowing that we share your feelings for Huell.

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I moved to California in 2006 from Massachusetts. I happened upon Huell's California' Gold program and I was hooked. I visited the places that Huell brought to life, whenever possible. More importantly he captured the wonder and excitement of discovering the many diverse wonders of the land, history, and the people of California. My dream was to someday encounter Huell and tell him how much his introduction to California has meant to me. I will have to settle for hail and fairwell to a man I never met but loved deeply. Arlene Jurkiewicz

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Wow! Such a feeling of loss. I've never met Huell Howser in person (I wish I had) but don't we all feel like he was a friend we knew all our lives. Even though he was not a California native, he was probably one of the biggest fans of the state. He made every location, every subject matter interesting under his Tennessee twang and huge smile. There are places in this great state I wish to visit in my life, thanks to Huell's wonderful programs. I will always remember the flying fish off of Catalina, the Devils Postpile, Weaverville, Confusion Hill, Bell Gardens (Taco Bell and Del Taco), In-N-Out Burger, the California Corners (NW - planting the flag on the beach; NE - he was huffing and puffing over the lava rocks [wouldn't you have too?] using his own video camera to capture the rugged journey to what would be the incorrect coordinates!) and the numerous small towns that would otherwise be unbeknownst to most of us, and on and on. You will forever live on as our California's Gold.

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Back in the early '90's, I was a young woman working in San Diego's Horton Plaza. I stopped in the KPBS store we had and as I was leaving this tall, nice looking guy with the most incredible guns ran past me as a crowd of people applauded. (Gosh, he had nice arms!) The amount of people cheering and roaring applause was a testament to his popularity. I'd never heard of him, so I went home to look him up. I was instantly hooked through his series on California's Missions.

I grew up in this beautiful state and thought I knew where all the great places were. However, Huell introduced us to a whole other wonderful side of California many of us would never experience. So many places I took the time to visit because of Huell. I am proud that he wanted to make this state his home. What a sad day for California.

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California has lost a friend, an advocate. Huell was part of many families who watched his adventures. He was part of my family. He had a way of shining a light of genuine love upon the incredible that is with us every day. He found that light and shared that love in the stories every man woman and person he met respectfully . His enthusiasm will be missed, he will be missed. Happy trails to you Huell, may your wonder be matched as you travel a new road away from California's gold but not from our hearts, hope you find it amazing. When you arrive, I can hear you say Hi, I'm Huell Howser, I'm ready for an adventure! We will find treasure in those gifts you've shared and remember you with a smile.

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Huell, I thank you for all you did for me, my family & friends & all of California.

You introduced us to many unknown wonders of this great state & I will forever be indebted to you as you took me to places that again, A, I never knew about & B, places I could never get to; thank you.

All your shows were my favorite, but I loved Charlie & his old friend, Nita the Elephant - I shed tears every time I see that.

My sincere thoughts & prayers go out to any living family, your friends, co-workers & to all who had the true pleasure of knowing you.

May you forever rest in peace, Huell.....

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I am not surprised at the outpouring of love for Huell Howser. Like 17-mile drive, Yosemite, Napa Valley and the Golden Gate Bridge, he was one of the treasures of California. I loved watching him visit little towns and display the bright eyed enthusiasm of a small child walking into Disneyland. My wife and I went to vacation in several places including Paso Robles and Lodi because of his ability to showcase the interesting and scenic places of our state. I’ll offer one of his favorite adjectives to describe the way I feel about him…he was amazing!

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Huell Howser IS California Gold! Because of Huell and his inspirational tours, I visited many places in California and had a wonderful time...Death Valley and Scotty's Castle, Lone Pine, the 20 Mule Team Borax Museum in Boron, Oak Glen, Stan's Donuts, Anza Borrego, Lompoc...the list goes on and on! Plus, I have a list of destinations still to go! He is irreplaceable and a true California icon. I am grateful for his wonderful spotlights on our great state, unique destinations, and his wonderful positive outlook. I will miss him, his kind interviews, and his travels.

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Every show was great , I met Huell and he was nice to me and I would call his office to tell them a new area and they would all really have . If you were going to visit California . You could order a DVD of the place you were going to visit . How cool was that . Huell you are know are one of " California's Gold ."

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Every show was great , I met Huell and he was nice to me and I would call his office to tell them a new area and they would all really have . If you were going to visit California . You could order a DVD of the place you were going to visit . How cool was that . Huell you are know are one of " California's Gold ."

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Yesterday evening, California lost it's biggest fan and cheerleader. Mr. Huell Burnley Howser. For the last 20 years he has come into our homes via PBS and showed us what was wonderful about our good state and the wonderful people that live in it. In his down home and folksy way, he informed us, entertained us and made us all feel a little better about ourselves and the state where we live. Even though I never met Huell, everything I've learned about him from fiends and acquaintances that had met him has lead my to believe that he was a truly wonderful and great person. Through his shows he was part of my life and I felt as thought (in a way) that I did know him. If he was anything like the person I've been told about, I could see including him in my circle of friends. It is rare these days to find someone in media that is always warm, upbeat, friendly, honestly kind, giving, and caring. One who only shows the good in all of us. Our loss is heavens gain. And if by chance there is TV in heaven... well, I think we all know how he'll spend his days.

I offer the poem below to Huell's family, his friends, his co-workers, his fans, and all who knew him and loved him, in the hope that we can all take a little comfort in it. For as long as we all remember him and his shows are being watched, he will always be with us. We will miss you Mr. Howser.

Death is nothing at all

I have only slipped away into the next room

I am I and you are you

Whatever we were to each other

That we are still

Call me by my old familiar name

Speak to me in the easy way you always used

Put no difference into your tone

Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow

Laugh as we always laughed

At the little jokes we always enjoyed together

Play, smile, think of me, pray for me

Let my name be ever the household word that it always was

Let it be spoken without effort

Without the ghost of a shadow in it

Life means all that it ever meant

It is the same as it ever was

There is absolute unbroken continuity

What is death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind

Because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you for an interval

Somewhere very near

Just around the corner

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost

One brief moment and all will be as it was before

How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!


Canon Henry Scott-Holland, 1847-1918, Canon of St Paul's Cathedral

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I loved watching & listening to Huell and marveled at the skill of his cameraman. Years ago, I wrote him asking if we would ever see Luis Fuerte. Then one evening after 8:00, my son, Adam, answered the phone. 'Dad! It's Huell Howser!'. I don't remember the answer to my question, but I'll never forget that he took the time to phone a fan. Huell, you may be gone, but you'll never be forgotten.

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I watched Huell's program one evening @ 7:30pm.

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Oh Huell, for 16 years you were my neighbor and fellow Southern transplant. Your easy charm, confident cool and crisp casual style drew a smile from me every time our paths crossed in the halls. The night we saw Chita Rivera at The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles was one of my most memorable LA evenings. You showed me the LAAC Athletic Club and explained it's unique history, your special Angeleno status parted the sea of patrons @Bottega Louie, our speakeasy type tour of bars like Cole's, Originators of the French Dip and Seven Grand made it clear how much you loved this downtown area and your willingness to feature the Lily Lemon Festival in our sweet mountain town of Idyllwild, California on your show delighted and touched me. Like all of us who were attached to "visitin" with you, I'll miss you. I am grateful that you and your voice felt like family to me and that just reminiscing about our magical night has deepened my appreciation for you and your treasured California's Gold.

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God bless Huell Howser. He was such a kind and genuine man. I learned so much about my home state of California from this great teacher. If all our teachers and professors could be half as good a teacher as Huell was, our kids in California would actually be learning something, and loving every magical moment of it. I am heart-broken that he has passed on. I'm sure he is up in heaven right now, and he is enthusiastically saying: "It doesn't get any better than this!"

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GODSPEED to you Huell. YOU HUELL HOWSER saved me from my own fears! I twice scheduled a colon check -and then got scared and cancelled -both times : ( Then shortly afterwards, I was watching Huell with my wife as Huell was doing a story and saw something unexpected and as he always did said: "LOOK AT THAT!"
"That" was the touring colon. A hugh plastic model of a colon that has cut out so you could see inside of this amazing model organ. People could also walk or crawl through it to see what a healthy colon looked like as well as a diseased colon -with cancer and different stages of cancer! That woke me up and I scheduled my new colon exam right then! I went in for my exam and was OK. No problem,... only the fear was gone. Huell gave me courage to do what I needed to do by showed me how important it is to get checked and not fear the exam.
SO I THANK YOU HUELL HOWSER for doing something that I know helped many people.
God Bless you and KCET for sharing with us.

Godspeed
Lee

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I am so saddened by the news of Huell's passing. He was so full of life and enthusiasm, and will be greatly missed. I loved all his programs-- the California Missions & the Santa Barbara Stage Route were probably my favorites. Also, the California's Green episode on recycled rubber for pavements that saved trees from being cut down! I had to find out where such a sidewalk was, and go see it for myself, because it made so much sense. He was a staunch advocate for preserving the old Navy base on Terminal Island, too, which is sadly gone, as well. What a great man--his loss is all of California's.

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Such sad, sad news to learn of Huell's passing. I have fond memories of watching his short Videolog segments with my parents years ago, and was an instant fan and follower of Huell's throughout his career. We are forever indebted to him documenting so many of California's hidden treasures and capturing the richness of California's Gold. As a city planner, I also appreciate all that he did to share so many of our state's lesser-known cities and towns with us. Thanks to Huell, we explored Harmony, CA where I got a glass bead bracelet that makes me think of him whenever I wear it. Rest in peace Huell. You are a dear, familiar friend to so many of us. You will be greatly missed.

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I am truly heartbroken to hear this news. Huell was an inspiration to me in many ways. Because of him, there is so much of California i want to experience, also because of him my own home movies have taken on a whole new air. I'm certainly no Huell, but if I can capture even abit of his charm and wonder, it makes me happy.

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He truly is a part of California's Gold! He will be greatly missed! His boyish charm of discovery and his calming demeanor will never be forgotten!!! God speed Huell!!!

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Thanks for all the wonderful shows, you'll be missed. I would not have known so much about California if it wasn't for you. Godspeed.

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Huell Howser was Mr. Rogers with a twang! My favorite Huell moment among many was a Videolog about the Del Rubbio triplets! Huell, we all knew you. Rest in peace!

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Wow. What an incredibly sad day. Huell is such a SoCal staple it will be hard for anyone to fill his shoes. I was lucky enough to meet him by chance while he was filming in Pasadena and he was incredibly genuine, friendly and humble. Everything you'd want in meeting both a celebrity and someone you admire. It was a real honor. He made us proud of our state, our history and our people. God bless him.

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Very, very sad to hear of Huell's passing. Watching Huell's shows over the years I have always thought he had the best gig. Rest In Peace Huell. Thank you for showing us so much of what makes California special.

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When I first moved to Southern California to work in a very difficult and sometimes unfriendly business I wondered if I'd made the right decision. It was a couple of years before I saw my first Huell show and I was still wondering about my decision to live here.


Discovering Huell, watching him and the people he interviewed, how much they loved living here, made me want to give it a chance. I started exploring more and, before long, was inspired to take a four week motorcycle ride around the circumference of the whole state. It was, "Amazing". I fell in love with California in no small part because of Huell.


Over the years I watched Huell whenever I had the opportunity and he became, to me, part of the fabric of California part of my experience here. Like so many, I quoted him often. He was a part of life here and I believed he would be so for a long time to come. I am still in disbelief that he is gone. I've never been much effected by the passing of someone I never met until now. I am truly saddened by his passing and as much as I have grown to love California and will continue to do so, it was a better place with him in it.


RIP, Huell, you will forever be one of California's finest treasures. California's Gold, indeed.

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Hey Huell fans.. I started a google map to put placemarkers where he covered. Copy the share / embed code from YouTube clips into the placemarker description so the map becomes an interactive California Gold goldmine!
Here's the link, it's a public map so anyone can edit
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=215355167977152293489.0004d2bfbf3168474828c

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Someone elsewhere suggested naming a state park after Huell. What needs to be done make that happen???

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I loved the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly and the Donut Man episodes. Huell's show was the best. I discovered so many wonderful places in CA to visit. You will be missed. Thank you for all the years you spent showing everyone the beauty of California.

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Please, KCET, keep the program going, in honor of Huell. How many times did I fix a sandwich, got a drink, and sat at my favorite chair, and waited for the gentle Huell to come out and show us yet a bit more of our beloved California. It's amazing such great level of television could be achieved by a reporter (turned TV producer) and his cameraman, perhaps later a small crew. It's no wonder the show was about the people he interviewed, and his own humbliness and gentle character. I will always treasure his series on the California Missions. Rest in peace, Huell. We already miss you.

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Today, I had shed some tears...

Some years ago, my son and I were unknowingly driving several car lengths behind Mr. Howser on our way to Palm Springs along Dinah Shore Drive. Huell was driving an older red Jeep and the lid to his Styrofoam cooler had blown off into the roadway right in front of our vehicle. Mr. Howser quickly stopped his vehicle along the roadway so that he could retrieve his ice chest lid. Evidently, he had watched me intentionally swerve to miss it as it lay upon the roadway. As we continued past him, Mr. Howser smiled and waved to us and we returned the friendly greeting. I looked at my son and he at me and we both simultaneously said, "Hey, that was Huell Howser!"

Shortly thereafter, I wrote to Mr. Howser at CalGold and reminded him of our quick encounter one morning. He sent me an autographed photo in return which has been hanging in my studio since that time. Although our personal encounter was only a brief one, like the others, I too feel that I've had the pleasure of joining him on his road trips throughout California for the past twenty-five years.

Rest well my friend...you'll most certainly be missed.

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I met Huell about 6 years ago. I hounded him to do a show on the Mission Tiki Drive-In in Montclair. I had the extreme pleasure o come home one day and play back my voice mail messages and hear that distinct Tennessee drawl, "Sal...it's Huell Howser. I want to do a show on the drive-ins. Call me back". I had a smile from ear to ear. The funny part of the message was Huell seemed to forget to hang up the phone which allowed me to hear his "oh and awe" as he realized there were many more drive-ins across the state of California than he realized which meant he could play this show in many other markets. I was also invited to the former KCET studios on Sunset Blvd to view the LIVE airing of the episode. There was also a KCET fundraising event that was held at the drive-in a month later which Huell attended and he greeted every last one of his fans. Such a great man. He will be missed.

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Huell
Thank you for the many years of great adventures,warmth and fun.You my friend,
made me explore our golden state.And I
will always think of the way you made me
seek out the backroads.
God bless,
B

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I just had to comment on the passing of Huell Howser. I came upon his show by chance while trying to find something for me and my girls to watch together. We came upon the raspados episode and we were all hooked....My fave episode is the wind turbines,,,,,Huell was getting really nervous about being up so high and then the wonderful shot from the top of the turbine...! His sense of wonder and inquisitiveness will be missed...

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Huell often talked about California's Gold, in reality Huell was it. I learned so much about The Golden State from watching him more than I could ever find in any book or guide. Huell was California, Huell was America, Huell was all the best in mankind. His programs belong in the The Library of Congress, The National Archives, every school, library and even home. It's safe to say that we won't see one like him in our lives, it's hard to say goodbye. So long Huell ... .. .