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California's Gold: Muscle Beach

Muscle Beach

Originally just south of the Santa Monica Pier in California, this small plot of "sand" was one of the most famous addresses in the United States from 1934 to 1959. Muscle Beach started as a WPA project in 1934 and helped spawn the modern fitness movement that lives on today. In the beginning it wasn't about muscles, it was about fitness and fun. Men and women did somersaults and handstands, built human towers and threw each other around. Huell and Luis go back to the original plot of sand to visit with some of the men and women who made Muscle Beach their playground during its heyday. We'll see some wonderful old photos and home movies and hear some great stories. This show has a particularly good ending as there are a group of people who are bringing back the original Muscle Beach in it's original spot. The new Muscle Beach will have the old emphasis of fitness and fun and it's sure to be a huge success.

 

 

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2019-02-27T00:00:00-08:00

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Musso & Frank

In this 1995 flashback episode, Huell visits the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, and talks with longtime employees and patrons about what makes this landmark such a special place. Musso & Frank opened in 1919 and is named after original owners Joseph Musso and Frank Toulet.

  • 2019-10-21T12:00:00-07:00
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Hollywood Ladies

Huell visits with 5 ladies who were all actresses in the 40s and have remained friends and walked together every Saturday for 50 years. 

  • 2019-10-21T12:30:00-07:00
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Bullocks Tea Room

Southwestern University School of Law has restored Bullocks Tea Room to its splendor. Huell meets up with some of the people who were in the original program during the closing of the tea room and reminisces about this glorious part of history.

Photo credit: Los Angeles Public Library

  • 2019-10-22T12:00:00-07:00
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David Hockney

Huell visits with world famous artist David Hockney in his Los Angeles studio and we get a first-hand look at some of the newest work.

  • 2019-10-23T12:00:00-07:00
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Lowriders

Huell spends the day at the Los Angeles Super Show, one of the largest lowrider car shows in the world. He sees some amazing vehicles and speaks with the artists who created them, as well as their owners.

 

  • 2019-10-23T12:30:00-07:00
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Hot Peppers

Huell's hot adventure begins in downtown Los Angeles' Grand Central Market, where we discover some of the spiciest peppers and chili sauces around. But you won't find anything hotter than Moe Newaz's backyard variety of ghost peppers and devil's tongue peppers in Santa Clarita. We also learn about the Scoville Heat Scale, developed in 1912 by chemist Wilbur Scoville, which has become the standard for measuring spicy food.

  • 2019-10-24T12:00:00-07:00
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Vincent Price Art Museum

Huell tours the Vincent Price Art Museum, which opened in May 2011 at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park. The museum contains 9,000 items, many of which were donated by the late actor. Victoria Price leads the tour of her father’s vast collection of fine art and shows why this gallery is one of Los Angeles’s best kept secrets. We also look back at Huell’s original 1989 ‘Videolog’ interview with Vincent Price himself.

  • 2019-10-24T12:30:00-07:00
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Doughnut History

Huell visits the Salvation Army for a lesson in donut history, which begins on the battlefields of World War I. Then it’s off to Stan’s Donuts in Westwood, where Stan cooks up his “peanut butter pockets,” a high-calorie confection which has been officially renamed “The Huell”.

  • 2019-10-25T12:00:00-07:00
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  • 2019-10-27T11:00:00-07:00
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Glendora Castle

Huell has produced thousands of shows, and there have been many fan favorites. One of the all-time greats has to be the old "Videolog" episode "Rubel's Castle."

Michael Rubel took Huell on a grand tour of his handmade home and charmed us all. Rubel has since passed away, and the castle is now managed by the Glendora Historical Society with the help of Rubel's nephew, Scott. Huell gets a new tour of this iconic location.

  • 2019-10-25T12:30:00-07:00
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Crossroads

Huell visits the iconic Crossroads of the World on Sunset Boulevard. With its beautiful globe-topped tower, Los Angeles' first outdoor shopping mall was originally designed as an international shopping center. Now used as office space, this is one L.A. gem that's still alive and well. As a bonus, Huell spends the last 10 minutes of the show learning about the history of the "landscaped" billboards.

  • 2019-10-28T12:00:00-07:00
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Quilt Show

California's rich history has been documented in many ways, but the tradition of quilting is an expression of California life through beautiful and intricate pieces of art. Join Huell as he visits an exhibit of California quilts covering a 100-year history and the Foothill Quilters who keep this tradition alive.

  • 2019-10-28T12:30:00-07:00
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Mars Rock

For more than a decade, John thought he had a special rock, but no one cared, until he sent a letter to Huell. Could it be from Mars? Join Huell as he tries to solve the mystery.

  • 2019-10-29T12:00:00-07:00
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Lemon Lily Festival

The Idyllwild Lemon Lily Festival highlights the rarity of one of the city's most precious native flowers. Tag along with Huell to spend the day celebrating this beautiful yellow flower that only grows above 4,000 feet.



  • 2019-10-30T12:00:00-07:00
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Tallyrand

Huell visits a California institution and digs into some tasty food at Tallyrand Restaurant. This popular eatery got its start in 1959 when Al and Delores Thomas opened a small coffee shop on Olive Avenue in Burbank with just $5,000 in hand. Stop in today as they are still serving wonderful food and hospitality.

  • 2019-10-30T12:30:00-07:00
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Grocery Store Stories

Huell meets two nice ladies at his local grocery store and sees where the story takes him. Hint, think pawn shop and neon!

  • 2019-10-31T12:00:00-07:00
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Movie Nursery

Huell visits Jackson Shrub, a family-owned and operated nursery that has been supplying the movie and television industries with both live and artificial plants since 1937.

  • 2019-10-31T12:30:00-07:00
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Olvera Street

Huell gets a first rate tour of Olvera St. and learns about its long and amazing history. 

  • 2019-11-01T12:00:00-07:00
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  • 2019-11-03T10:30:00-08:00
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Black Promenade of Prominence

Huell visits with members of the black community who believe the role models for today’s youth should be people from the local community and not just athletes and movie stars.

  • 2019-11-01T12:30:00-07:00
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Lutefisk

It seems the most unlikely food to build a celebration around, but Huell partakes in the annual Scandinavian rite of passage -- Lutefisk. At the Sons of Norway Lodge in Van Nuys, Huell watches as members transform smelly, dried, leathery fish into a warm entree. Luckily for some members, there are Swedish meatballs, Norwegian bread, and sweets in addition to the fish.

  • 2019-11-03T10:00:00-08:00
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Union Station

Huell gets a first rate tour of the historic train station, Union Station, and learns about its history.

  • 2019-11-04T11:00:00-08:00
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Unusual Downtown Art

Huell visits several works of public art that have been controversial from the start.

  • 2019-11-04T11:30:00-08:00
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Family Business

Join Huell on this yummy adventure to three fine examples of family run businesses. First Huell goes to Broguiere’s Dairy and gets a behind the scenes look at how we get our milk. Next it’s off to Apffels coffee which has been a California company since 1914. We finish the adventure at Otsuka Farms to tastes the best strawberries around.

  • 2019-11-05T11:00:00-08:00
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Maritime Museum

Huell takes a look at this wonderful museum in San Pedro, filled with Southern California maritime history.

  • 2019-11-06T11:00:00-08:00
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Snow Show

Huell treks to Mammoth Lakes with the Dept. of Water and Power to look at the immense snow pack and how it relates to Southern California’s water supply.

  • 2019-11-06T11:30:00-08:00
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Long Beach Naval Shipyard

Huell visits historic Long Beach Naval Shipyard and gets a behind the scenes look at how it works, including a close look at a ship in dry-dock. 

  • 2019-11-07T11:00:00-08:00
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Beverly Hills Hotel

Huell visits the world famous Beverly Hills Hotel, just two days before the grand re-opening. Huell gets a behind the scenes look at this historic hotel from the general manager and looks at some wonderful old photos.

  • 2019-11-07T11:30:00-08:00
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Library Plaza

Huell takes a look at the Central Library Garden which is right in front of the beautiful downtown Los Angeles library. This garden has a long and rich history, and has grown to be a landmark.

  • 2019-11-08T11:00:00-08:00
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California Highway Patrol

Huell spends a day with CHP officer Mark Garrett as he patrols the highways of L.A.

  • 2019-11-08T11:30:00-08:00
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Crystal Cove

Huell spends a day at a beautiful beach where the state has let people live the California lifestyle in wonderful bungalows which now are threatened.

  • 2019-11-11T11:00:00-08:00
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Lennox Branch Library

Huell visits a small southern California branch library called the Lennox Branch Library. 

  • 2019-11-11T11:30:00-08:00
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Warner Brothers

Huell gets a behind-the-scenes tour of this historic lot, where many Hollywood classics were filmed.

  • 2019-11-12T11:00:00-08:00
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Fountains

Huell takes a tour of some of L.A.’s most beautiful fountains. Marlene Gordon of The Next Stage Tours shows Huell five of the most spectacular.

 

 

 

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Candelas Guitars

Huell spends a day with the Delgado family and takes a tour of their guitar shop in East L.A. where they have been making and repairing guitars for three generations.

  • 2019-11-13T11:29:00-08:00
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Menudo

Huell spends day at Juanita’s, where he finds out everything you ever wanted to know about menudo (tripe). Huell ends the day with a nice bowl of menudo at El Rancho Mexican Restaurant in Colton.

  • 2019-11-14T11:00:00-08:00
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Glass Museum

Huell gets a wonderful tour of the Historical Glass Museum in Redlands. The museum is housed in a 1903 Victorian home and is filled with beautiful glassware. 

  • 2019-11-14T11:30:00-08:00
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Soul Food

Huell visits two “Soul Food” restaurants in the L.A. area with Aleane Fitz-Carter. Huell visits Dulans which says it’s the “Best Southern Cooking in Los Angeles.” We’ll also get to take a look at M&M Cafe Mississippi Home Cooking who says they are the “Best food in Town.”

  • 2019-11-15T11:00:00-08:00
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Artists

Huell visits with Milford Zornes and Guillermo Bert, two L.A. artists with very different styles. We’ll go to both artists studios and get a peak at their work. 

  • 2019-11-15T11:30:00-08:00
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Road Trip

Tehachapi

Join Huell as he tries to get to Tehachapi, only to keep stumbling across many road side gems like: a movie set built in the middle of the desert, a lake with no water, the Antelope Valley Indian Museum, and the Mojave airport -- filled with hundreds of aircraft from all over the world, including a MiG Fighter. Finally, Huell arrives in Tehachapi to visit with Betty Stokoe and her backyard full of railroad signals.

  • 2019-11-17T10:00:00-08:00
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Remembering

Huell remembers two very special people who made a big difference in the lives of many southern Californian’s. David Falconer was the Choir Master at St. James Church and also responsible for restoring the church organ. David was tragically killed in an armed robbery. Ethel Sherard A.K.A. the scrabble lady, was one of our favorite VIDEOLOG subjects who recently passed away. We’ll watch the old show and get an update from her daughter.

  • 2019-11-18T11:00:00-08:00
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Lane Victory

Huell spends the day on the WW II victory ship the Lane Victory. A wonderful group of volunteers has restored this ship and Huell gets to go along on an actual cruise. 

  • 2019-11-18T11:30:00-08:00
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Griffith Observatory Special

Huell takes a special look at the restoration of The Griffith Observatory. Built in 1935 and serving space curious Angelenos and the greater scientific community for almost 70 years, the Observatory required significant remodeling and expansion when it was closed for renovations in 2002. With the restoration completed, this scientifically vital and historically significant architectural landmark re-emerges to serve well into the 21st Century. In this special one-hour episode Huell takes an insider’s tour with Griffith Observatory director Dr.

  • 2019-11-19T11:00:00-08:00
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Dairy Farm

Huell spends the day at a family run dairy farm in Chino.

  • 2019-11-20T11:00:00-08:00
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Iron Garden

Meet Anna Jorgenson and her daughters in the small town of Idyllwild, where Anna’s husband created an entire garden from objects made of iron.

  • 2019-11-20T11:30:00-08:00
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