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California's Gold: Spam

Spam

Yes Spam. The canned block of pork and ham you thought you had left behind in your childhood is as popular as ever. Join Huell as he attends the 1999 Los Angeles County Fair's “Best Spam Recipe” contest where judging is based on taste appeal, appearance and originality. With recipes like Spam Taquitos, Spam Pate and a Pumpkin-Spam Casserole, this show is definitely a feast for the eyes.

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California's Gold with Huell Howser

Moon Trees

Apollo 14 launched in the late afternoon of January 31, 1971. Inside, astronaut Stuart Roosa had packed a small container filled with hundreds of tree seeds. After splashdown these seeds were germinated and planted all over the world.Join Huell as he starts his quest to find the Moon Trees. First stop is at the Placerville Forrest Service where we meet up with one of the people who actually helped plant the seeds, then we’ll travel all around the State to find where the Moon Trees are still standing.

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Golden Knights

Huell has the adventure of a lifetime, skydiving with the world-famous U.S. Army Golden Knights.



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La Grange

Huell travels to the small town of La Grange to see an amazing part of our states history. The Tuolumne Gold Dredge sits abandoned right of the highway and is an incredible site. Huell and some local historians visit the dredge and the now virtual ghost town that was once home to the many workers that kept this behemoth running around the clock in search of gold.

 

 

 

 

 

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Getty Villa

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In 1945, J. Paul Getty acquired his Malibu retreat which now includes a Romanesque gallery full of priceless art. Huell also tours the propety's historically-accurate Ancient Roman crop garden.

Image by Flickr user LU5T, used under a Creative Commons License.

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Big Things in the Desert

We all know our deserts here in California are big. They cover huge areas of our state. And in this episode of "California's Gold," producer/host Huell Howser travels to the desert in search of big things -- and finds them! First, he travels to the Palms Springs area to visit one of six major wind farms in the world. Over 4,000 giant windmills are here -- some almost two hundred feet tall -- making clean, pollution-free energy representing the future of energy production.

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Hearst Castle Landscape

Huell tours the gardens of the world-famous Hearst Castle.



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Windmills

The first stop on our adventure is the Dutch Windmill in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, which was built in 1902, at a cost of $ 16,000. It is 75 feet high, and 33 feet in diameter at the base, its sails have a span of 102 feet and it was capable of pumping 30,000 gallons of fresh water per hour from underground to a reservoir on Strawberry Hill. Despite being a great success for a few years (so much so that a second windmill was built), by 1913 electric pumps were introduced, so the windmills began to become obsolete.

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Jack London

Explore Beauty Ranch, once the home of one of California's famous authors, Jack London. Now the estate is part of the Jack London State Historical Park in the Valley of the Moon in Sonoma. It is at this home that London wrote many of his most famous books, including Call of the Wild, White Fang and The Sea Wolf.

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Rocks in the Water

California is full of them. They are located in both fresh and salt water. Some are big and some are small. And they're all part of our state's rich geological and human history. We're talking about rocks in the water! And in this episode host Huell Howser visits three of the most fascinating of these rocks. First, Huell travels to scenic Lake Tahoe and boards a boat to Emerald Bay where he climbs all over Fannette Island, the only island in the entire lake.

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Corona Road Race

In the early 1900s Corona was known for its citrus, and even dubbed " The World's Lemon Capitol." Legend has it that Corona was laid out to resemble a wagon wheel with Grand Boulevard as the rim. This circular street is still probably one of the most unusual thoroughfares in the world, and from 1913 to 1916 it was even used as a racetrack. Join Huell Howser as he steps back in time to recreate the Corona Road Races complete with vintage race cars and even an attendee from the 1916 race.



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Monarchs

Have you ever wondered what 100,000 Monarch Butterflies look like? Well here's your chance. Huell travels to Pismo State Beach to visit the largest overwintering site for Monarch butterflies in the U.S. More people visit this site than any another butterfly site in the world. Last year they had 50,000 visitors!

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Ladybugs

Huell goes on a ladybug hunt in a secret location and discovers where ladybugs really come from. You'll be surprised and overwhelmed by what he uncovers.



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Huell's California Adventures

National Parks

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Sturgeon's Mill

Huell visits a lumbermill... or is it a working museum? Join Huell, the founders great-grandson and a cast of characters at this historic place.



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Golden Gate Bridge

California's most recognized landmark takes center stage in an episode which focuses on its history (including rare footage of its construction) its beauty, and the incredible maintenance work that goes on daily to keep this towering structure in mint condition.

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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.

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Lute Fisk

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.

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Holiday Classic: Poinsettias

Albert Ecke immigrated from Germany to Southern California in 1902 and opened a roadside stall selling fruits and vegetables. By the 1920s his son Paul started selling some of the wild poinsettia plants that grew in the hills above their stall. From these small beginnings, it is now estimated that over 90% of all flowering poinsettias get their start at the Paul Ecke Ranch. Join Huell and Luis as they meet Paul, Paul Jr. & Paul III, who give them a tour of this amazing and brightly colored piece of California's Christmas Gold.



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Japanese Mochi

 

The Japanese New Year tradition of making mochi is alive and well in Southern California. Huell uncovers the labor-intensive process of concocting the rice cake -- also known as "food of the gods" -- that begins with huge pots of steamed rice.

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Holiday Classic: Tuba Christmas

Photo: Charlie Kellogg/Flickr/Creative Commons License

Huell attends an annual holiday concert of traditional songs performed by hundreds of tubas.

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Eggnog Update

One of the most popular episodes of "Visiting" profiled Broguiere's Dairy in Montebello. Huell discovered during his first trip there that they also made a delectable eggnog and the family invited him to come back during the holiday season. Huell ultimately returned and got a behind-the-scenes look at how the unique drink is made. Broguiere's even makes special edition bottles in honor of their "favorite visitor," Huell, which is still in circulation.

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Holiday Star

Upland was hard hit by the 2003 wildfires. That following holiday season, this tight-knit community joined together to recreate a brilliantly lit star on a hilltop which shined for many years, but was destroyed by the fires. It is again a sign of hope and renewal for everyone who sees it.



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Abalone Farm

Huell travels to the Central Coast to visit an abalone farm. For years, Californians could pluck these mollusks off the rocks at low tide. However, overfishing and pollution has led to their decline. The Abalone Farm Inc. in Cayucos has been growing and selling the edible sea snails since 1968. Huell also goes to a local cafe to sample some farm-raised abalone.

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Sauerkraut

The Kruegermanns started making pickles in Germany in 1896. The family immigrated to California in 1965 along with their secret family recipes for pickles and sauerkraut. In this episode, Huell spends the day with this wonderful family at their 25,000-foot facility, where he learns all about the art of sauerkraut.

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Ackermansion

Huell takes a special tour of Forrest Ackerman's home, which was a shrine to and museum of horror memorabilia. The self-described coiner of the term "sci-fi," Dr. Ackula (as he liked to be called) boasted over 300,000 collectibles from books, genre films, and TV shows. He was also a literary agent and editor of numerous fanzines. Sadly, Ackerman passed away in 2008 so the museum is no longer operational.

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Mt. Hollywood

Huell embarks on an early morning adventure, talking to some of the hundreds of people who hike to the top of Mt. Hollywood every day for their physical and mental well-being.

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Avocados

Huell heads to Fallbrook in San Diego County to find out about the rich history of avocados in our state. This episode brought you the now-famous line, "now that's an avocado-eating dog."



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Model Boats

Huell joins the Orange County Model Sailing Club as they sail their radio-controlled schooners around the lake at Mason Regional Park in Irvine.

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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.

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Under California

Trace the lives of two men whose unique dreams in the early part of the century helped them to create two of our state's most amazing buried treasures. First, we visit the Underground Gardens of Baldasare Forestiere, an incredible labyrinth of tunnels, courtyards and vines. Next, we visit the Burro Schmidt Tunnel, where for 50 years an early pioneer of the Mojave dug a 2,000 foot tunnel through a mountain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hollywood Sign

Huell learns the full history from, 1923 till now, from the people who work to preserve this icon.

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Mt. Wilson

Founded in December of 1904 by George Ellery Hale, Mount Wilson Observatory quickly rose to dominate astronomy worldwide. The Observatory hosts several of the most technologically advanced facilities in the world and is home to the 100-inch Hooker telescope. In this one-hour special, Huell spends the day at this magnificent location that's not only historic, but plays an important role in California's scientific research.

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Joshua Tree Special

Huell travels down to where the streets have no name. There, he sees the world's tallest, oldest, and most peculiar-looking Joshua Trees in an episode devoted to this remarkable desert plant. He later meets a man who grew up on a ranch in the seclusion of what is now Joshua Tree National Park.

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Hearst Ranch

We all know about Hearst Castle, but few people realize the Castle is surrounded by a 80,000-acre working ranch owned and operated by the Hearst Foundation. Huell gets a first-hand look at the Hearst Ranch from Steve Hearst.

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Santa Barbara Stagecoach

In this one-hour special, Huell retraces the route of the old Stagecoach line in and around Santa Barbara. Join him for a ride through history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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