For those of you, like me, who missed most or all of Howser’s career before he passed away yesterday at age 67, here is a brief description: He was a fixture of West Coast public television for decades, hosting shows with titles like Visiting, Road Trip and, most famously, California’s Gold, where he would drop in on a California landmark (some more famous than others) and describe it in his distinctive voice with the wide-eyed curiosity and excitement of a toddler at his first amusement park, jamming a microphone into people’s faces in the process to pepper them with questions. And that doesn’t even come close to doing it justice, unfortunately. Go on YouTube right now and see for yourself. The man was an odd, giant, smiling American treasure, as the Los Angeles Times explains in this very nice tribute.
Well, there goes just about the last reason to ever come to California.