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R.I.P. Huell Howser

By | Monday January 7, 2013 @ 1:21pm PST

Huell Howser, whose down-home style on public television’s long-running staple series California’s Gold made him an iconic local and national media figure as well as a champion of the state he blanketed, died Sunday of natural causes at his home, according to his station KCET-TV in Los Angeles. He was 67. Howser, a Tennessee native, was a Marine Corps veteran whose burly figure belied his soft nature and wide-eyed interest in his subjects, which spanned every corner of the state and every imaginable tourist spot and personality. (His signature “How about that!” line during interviews in his Southern drawl was always genuine.) Howser officially stepped away from the mic December 31 after his production company told the Sacramento Bee that he “is retiring from making new shows but does not want to make any formal announcements.” Still, his shows are running: KCET is scheduled to air an episode of Howser’s Visiting — one of six series that he hosted that were spawned from California’s Gold — tonight at 7:30 PT, according to its schedule. Howser began his career in Nashville on commercial television, according to his website. After a stint in New York City, Howser moved to Los Angeles in 1981 to be a reporter for KCBS-TV. He joined KCET in 1987 to produce Videolog, a series of short programs featuring the stories of people from all walks of life, which would become the signature California’s Read More »

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‘California Gold’s “Amazing” Huell Howser Is Retiring: Reports

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 11:18pm PST

Huell Howser, whose California Gold series has aired for 19 years over public television, has decided to step away from the camera and and hang up his microphone. The Tennessee native “is retiring from making new shows but does not want to make any formal announcements,” according to an email Howser production company associate Ryan Morris sent to the Sacramento Bee. During his video visits all over California, Howser is known for his unpretentious wide-eyed interest expressed with a Southern drawl — “Wow! That’s amazing!” The Marine Corps vet began his career in Nashville on commercial television. After stints in New York City and Los Angeles, Howser joined public TV station KCET in Los Angeles. “The show will continue to air in reruns for awhile” on public TV stations around the state, Morris emailed the L.A. Times. “We have been gradually winding down all year but Huell has decided to stop, come December 31st.” Concerning rumors about the 67-year-old Howser’s health, Morris added: “While Huell does not always tell me everything, he seems to be doing fine. He is just trying to get away from television and enjoy some free time.”

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