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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:48 PM

Huell Howser dead, says KCET

Source: dailybulletin

Iconic TV host Huell Howser has died, according to KCET.

Howser, who hosted several public television programs including California Gold, was 67.

He died Sunday night of natural causes, said Ayn Allen, communication manager for KCET, which produces California Gold. She said the station had few details so far, but was planning a special to celebrate his life on SoCal Connected at 5:30 p.m.




Read more: http://www.dailybulletin.com/breakingnews/ci_22325726/sources-huell-howser-dead

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Reply Huell Howser dead, says KCET (Original post)
DreamSmoker Jan 2013 OP
stopbush Jan 2013 #1
villager Jan 2013 #3
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #13
JI7 Jan 2013 #23
SCVDem Jan 2013 #2
Mona Jan 2013 #4
JI7 Jan 2013 #24
melody Jan 2013 #5
SoapBox Jan 2013 #6
Zorro Jan 2013 #7
Xithras Jan 2013 #8
YvonneCa Jan 2013 #18
catchnrelease Jan 2013 #9
Bluenorthwest Jan 2013 #10
hunter Jan 2013 #11
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #14
Tikki Jan 2013 #12
Lasher Jan 2013 #15
flamingdem Jan 2013 #28
Lasher Jan 2013 #16
jonthebru Jan 2013 #22
melody Jan 2013 #27
silvershadow Jan 2013 #17
savalez Jan 2013 #19
Irishonly Jan 2013 #20
jonthebru Jan 2013 #21
melody Jan 2013 #30
xxqqqzme Jan 2013 #25
Hekate Jan 2013 #26
cbayer Jan 2013 #29
Raine Jan 2013 #31

Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:54 PM

1. Didn't he just retire a month ago?

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Response to stopbush (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:56 PM

3. Yes - very short time ago.

just heard this on the radio, while driving around L.A. this morning (not, alas, on any back roads).

Wonder if there was a health condition that prompted the retirement?

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Response to stopbush (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:36 PM

13. yes, heard he was sick, kept it quiet. RIP Huell

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Response to stopbush (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:56 PM

23. yes, it was said he was sick but no info on what it was

so this news wasn't too surprising but it makes me sad.

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:55 PM

2. A California Treasure

He will be missed!

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:58 PM

4. oh no...

I'm so sorry to hear this, he brought a lot of life into homes all around, and had such an appreciation for what surrounds us.

The article says that he retired in november, I'm sorry that he didn't get to enjoy his retirement, though he had a great gig, showing many of us what surrounds us.

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Response to Mona (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:00 AM

24. i don't think he would have ever wanted to retire from what he did unless

he was physically unable to do it anymore which sadly was true in this case. too bad it was as early as it was.

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:16 PM

5. This is so sad!

One of the best voices of and for California.

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:31 PM

6. Oh my gosh...we feel SO bad.

I just now saw the post...called the partner with the very sad news.

We've watched Huell's programs for years...we moved to Los Angeles in 1986 and must have started watching his programming (with Louie!) close to the beginning. He educated us about things in our wonderful state, that we will never see or have the opportunity to tour. One of our favorites was his Sons of Norway in Van Nuys Lutefisk episode...we've taken my Mom there for the last few years, only finding out about it from Huell.

Huell...we love you and everything you did for The Golden State...you ARE California GOLD and will be missed very much.

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:35 PM

8. Ah damn. Huell himself was California Gold.

I was sorry to hear recently that his show was ending, but he's been doing it a long time and deserved a happy retirement. It's tragic that he didn't get a chance to do so.

He was a treasure, and introduced this native Californian to many awesome things in our state that I'd have never known about otherwise. Many family roadtrips have been inspired by his explorations. Rest in peace Mr. Howser.

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Response to Xithras (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:12 PM

18. Agree. n/t

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:37 PM

9. So sad!!

I had also heard that he'd just retired, but his shows would be rerunning. I will be interested to hear if he had a health problem...I do see it says "of natural causes". I have known so many people, mainly men, where I used to work that died within a year of retiring. I guess that doesn't necessarily mean anything related to Huell, but he's so young!

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:59 PM

10. That is very sad news. Howser was a sweet guy and California's Gold was a treasure.

nt

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:25 PM

11. Huell Howser WAS California Gold.

I loved his easy going interviewing style.

What he did looked simple, but that's because he was so good at it. Making small documentaries -- that's what his shows were -- is hard work and takes a special talent.

His shows were like a road trip with a pleasant friend.

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Response to hunter (Reply #11)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:47 PM

14. the best shows were those focusing on a Los Angeles building - old, raggedy from the outside

and Huell would show us the inside - historical, beautiful, ornate.

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:34 PM

12. We got lucky, Californians...with someone like Huell Howser...

California is a big, spacious State and no matter where you finally land there is always adventure just around the bend here. Mr. Howser did much of the leg work for our curiosity and touched about nearly every place on the California map.
Yet, Huell knew how to present each of his trips as a Golden Opportunity for the rest of us travelers.
rip, sir.


Tikki

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:51 PM

15. Locking...

I'm sorry but this is not news of national interest.

Lasher

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Response to Lasher (Reply #15)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:31 PM

28. I'm offended you even thought of locking this

Don't mods do research before locking? yeesh

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:47 PM

16. Unlocking...

On reflection among Hosts we have decided to unlock this thread. Pleas continue discussion here and thank you for your patience.

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Response to Lasher (Reply #16)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:50 PM

22. Patience, indeed.

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Response to Lasher (Reply #16)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:56 AM

27. Huell Howser was a national treasure

He was just based in California.

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:58 PM

17. Thanks, mods. Good call. Sorry to hear of this. nt

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:30 PM

19. RIP Mr. Howser.

I really liked your show.

Thanks.

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:37 PM

20. RIP Huell Howser

We loved his show and he was such a treasure. The news of his passing makes me so sad.

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:49 PM

21. I saw some very interesting California Gold Shows on PBS here in Hawaii

Some remembrances: The inmate graveyard near a really large prison for those who died in captivity and were never claimed, there were thousand of graves.

A story on how the train crews slept in cooler houses out in the desert. These were tin sheet A-frames with burlap on the outside that was soaked by running water; the evaporation kept the temp lowered on the inside. Brilliant idea. He was the guy who stumbled, literally stumbled on the destruction of the first electric cars that GM made. This footage was in the Documentary "Who Killed The Electric Car?"

His shows were really good. TV is very different these days.

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Response to jonthebru (Reply #21)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:45 PM

30. He did a wonderful documentary series on his visit to Russia

He brought the same down-home sincerity to it. We've really lost a broadcasting treasure.

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:29 AM

25. I'm surprised he

was 67. I guess I thought of him as ageless.

I recently saw an early 'Visiting with' program w/ Huell walking around the Mobile Home Park Bing Crosby started in Cathedral City. I graduated from Palm Springs High School in '66; knew many people in Cat City through the years but I never knew that was out there.

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 10:15 AM

26. Huell was California's Gold; "Look at this, Louie!"

Thanks for the memories, Mr. Howser -- you left this Earth way too soon. RIP and condolences to your family.

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:50 PM

29. I have enjoyed Huell since I first moved to California.

He was delightful, engaging and one of the most positive people on TV.

He was also intensely private and managed to keep the personal personal despite his media presence.

He will be dearly missed by many, many people and very much by me.

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Response to DreamSmoker (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:40 AM

31. He helped me see my state in ways I never had before, he could take

some place you never thought of going and make it so interesting that you knew you wanted to go there. Huell you will be missed very much.

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