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California's Gold: China Clipper

China Clipper

They were huge flying boats named after the great sailing ships that in the 1800's sailed the oceans of the world. The luxurious Pan American "Clipper" planes of the 1930's took cargo, mail and passengers around the world in what was, for its time, considered a daring and pioneering feat. Pan American's Treasure Island terminal and lagoon became the home port for the Clipper's Pacific operations -- connecting the United States with the Far East by air. Starting in the mid-1930s, and lasting for only five years, residents of the Bay Area were treated to the sights and sounds of these huge boat planes taking off and heading out over the Pacific.

Recently in a very special episode of "California's Gold," history repeated itself as, once again, a boat plane landed on the Bay, taxied up to a docking area near Treasure Island, took on passengers and flew out over the city. This episode is a tribute to the "China Clipper" and its California connection. The original Terminal building on Treasure Island is the stage where former Pan American pilots and crew members who actually flew the Clipper, gather once more for conversation and reminiscing. Producer/host, Huell Howser experiences his high point when he climbs aboard one of these historic boat planes with two former crew members for a short, exciting flight around the Bay area. The days of the Clipper are gone forever, replaced decades ago by long-range jets. But for a few hours on a beautiful spring afternoon, some of the glory days of the great Clipper ships, and the people who made those days happen, returned to Treasure Island. It's a look back at a glorious part of our aviation history as we take to the air in search of "California's Clipper Gold".

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Ukulele Man

Huell spends an afternoon with a 97-year-old ukulele maestro Bill Tapia. With a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face, Bill shares with all of us his remarkable and colorful life story and his lively music.

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Australian Football

Huell’s off to Fort Irwin to find an unlikely sports team — The Mojave Greens Australian Football Club. 

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Commercial Acting Class

The Los Angeles Unified School District and the Hollywood Community Adult School team up with the Assistance League of Southern California to offer seniors a variety of recreational and educational programs in a nurturing, enriching environment . Huell drops in on a one of these lively and fulfilling classes.

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Tinita's Salsa

Huell meets a special woman in Lancaster who has not only turned her personal recipes into a line of delicious salsas, but also a successful family business.

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Huell's California Adventures

Huell & Luis Hit The Road

Luis Fuerte, Huell Howser’s longtime cameraman joins Val Zavala to reminisce on working with Huell and give behind-the-scenes stories of the following three episodes.

CALIFORNIA'S GOLD WITH HUELL HOWSER #909
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Uncle Milton

Huell updates his popular visit to Uncle Milton and his Ant Farm. More than 10 years later we see that Uncle Milton is still going strong.

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Drive-In

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Olvera Street

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Big Creek

Huell travels to the mountains above Fresno to tour "Big Creek"' which was America's first large-scale integrated hydroelectric project, begun in 1911. This massive engineering marvel consists of 23 generating units in nine powerhouses with a generating capacity of approximately 1,000 megawatts, and six major reservoirs with a storage capacity of more than 560,000 acre-feet. Not only do we get a behind the scenes tour, we'll also meet and hear some great stories from a one of the first families that worked at this remote Edison outpost.



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Long Beach Naval Shipyard

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Collections

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Beverly Hills Hotel

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Storm Drains

Huell gets a first - hand look at the storm drains that keep Los Angeles from flooding with water. He dons his hip waders and goes underground to look at some of the monstrous tunnels that snake through the city.

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Descanso Gardens

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Library Plaza

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Brotherhood Raceway

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Lennox Branch Library

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Uss Antietam

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Bell Gardens

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Sleeping Outdoors

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Willie's Shoe Shop

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Doheny Mansion

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Hemet

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Artists

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Twentynine Palms Murals

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Rose Lady

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Metrolink

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Hidden Gardens

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Lake Shrine

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Vernon Light and Power

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Biltmore

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Palms

Huell gets a tour of Ralph Velez's Orange County home, which is packed, inside and out, with about 560 species of palms from around the world.

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Diapers

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Orchids

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Alpacas

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Glass Museum

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Remembering

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Harps

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Dwp

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Lincoln

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Lane Victory

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Space Shuttle Cafe

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Lake Hemet

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Museum/Cafe

On this adventure, Huell stops at the 101 Cafe, the oldest cafe on Rt. 101 in California, and grabs a bite of the great food they've been serving since 1928. Then its onto the Museum of Music Making, they cover all popular music from the 1890's up to today. With lots of original recording, and exhibits, this is a great place to stop and listen.

 

 

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Zanja Madre

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Statues

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Rose Garden

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Panorama

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Worms

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Community Garden

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Seal Beach

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Family Business

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