R.I.P. Huell Howser, Host Of ‘Caliornia’s Gold’

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.

via R.I.P. Huell Howser, Host Of ‘Caliornia’s Gold’.

Well, there goes just about the last reason to ever come to California.

RIP, Huell.

6 thoughts on “R.I.P. Huell Howser, Host Of ‘Caliornia’s Gold’”

  1. I remember him from WSM Channel 4 in Nashville when I was in Hi Skool and my first year in Engineering School. We hated to see him leave Middle Tennessee, particularly since he was making a serious step down on his next stop. Kali wasn’t too bad when he first got there, after his intermediate stop, but I’d never recommend anyone move to Kalifornia now days, and I strongly encouraged Lex to get out while the getting was good.

    Same with you Brad. You need to get out while you can.

  2. I just loved Huell! I watched his shows routinely, and taped them if I was going to miss them. I learned so much from him and he was such a great guy–we need more people with his enthusiasm! I am really going to miss him.

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