Abalone Farm | KCET
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.
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.
Huell visits the Southern California Pen Collectors Club at their annual meeting in Covina and learns all about antique writing instruments.
Huell and actress Shelley Morrison, who played Karen's maid on "Will & Grace," visit Animal Acres -- a facility in Acton that cares for neglected and abused farm animals.
Huell visits the old marine base in Tustin to see what the city has planned for its two gargantuan blimp hangers. One of the hangers will be turned into a sports complex, while the other is still in limbo. The Orange County Rescue Mission is building an amazing facility on the base.
Huell revisits The French Garden in downtown Los Angeles, but this time, he brings along two very special lunch dates: Hollywood legends Ann Rutherford and Anne Jeffreys.
After 15 years in business, the restaurant closed its doors on May 24, 2013.
Ann Rutherford passed away on June 11, 2012. KCET re-aired "The Two Anns" on June 27 with a newly recorded introduction in which Huell remembers his late friend.
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.