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Muscle Beach

Muscle Beach in Venice, Calif.
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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Kaiser Steel

  • 2016-08-07T12:00:00-07:00
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  • 2016-08-13T12:00:00-07:00
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Newport Boats

Huell visits Newport Beach to learn about two historic "boats." Family owned since 1919, Balboa Island Ferry has provided continuous service between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula.

  • 2016-08-10T12:00:00-07:00
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Fire Lookout

Travel with Huell to Sequoia National Forest to visit historic Buck Rock Fire Lookout. Established in the early 1900s, Buck Rock Lookout was one of the first fire detection locations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The current lookout building, constructed in 1923, is historically significant as a representation of the earliest live-in towers in California. Huell climbs 172 stairs to an elevation of 8, 500 feet to interview the woman who currently staffs the lookout through the fire season, and to learn what it's like to live perched on the edge of a cliff!

  • 2016-08-11T12:00:00-07:00
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Classic Arts Showcase

Huell tours the Glendale office of Classic Arts Showcase, a free cable TV program comprised of video samples from the worlds of ballet, opera and theater. This program is the vision of philanthropist Lloyd Rigler, who practiced the cost-effective use of resources in order to achieve the greatest good.

  • 2016-08-14T12:00:00-07:00
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  • 2016-08-20T12:00:00-07:00
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Manzanar

Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps at which Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were interned during World War II. It is located at the foot of the imposing Sierra Nevadas in the Owens Valley. Huell Howser is joined by experts and internees to learn about the camp's complex history. And although little remains of the camp itself, Huell discovers a permanent reminder of the internees' detention--their names etched in concrete.

  • 2016-08-14T12:30:00-07:00
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  • 2016-08-20T12:30:00-07:00
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Pismo Clams

Huell travels to Pismo Beach -- 10 miles south of San Luis Obispo -- and learns how its famous clams, plentiful in the region at the turn of the century, branded an identity for one of the last classic California beach towns.



  • 2016-08-17T12:00:00-07:00
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