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  • so long, huell...
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    sadly, california lost a little bit of gold on sunday (12-7-13) with the passing of huell 'oh my gosh' howser.

    Huell Burnley Howser (October 18, 1945 - January 6, 2013) was an American television personality best known for California's Gold, his travel show based in Los Angeles at KCET for California PBS stations.

    Early career

    Howser was born in Gallatin, Tennessee. Howser received his first name from a portmanteau of his parents' names, Harold and Jewell, as revealed in the California's Gold episode "Smartsville". He received a B.A. in history from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he also served as student body president. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and on the staff of Sen. Howard Baker, Howser's television career began at WSM-TV in Nashville. He began a series of "human interest" stories for WSM. Howser became extremely popular as the host of a popular segment on what was at that time still a market-dominant station, especially with regard to local news.

    After working in New York, he moved to Los Angeles in 1981 to work as a reporter for KCBS-TV. During 1982-83, he also served as weekend host and correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. In 1985 he joined Los Angeles television station KCET, then a PBS affiliate, as a producer of "Videolog", covering short topics including lint.

    California's Gold

    California's Gold highlights small towns, landmarks, events or places of interest throughout California which are not well known to the general public, with Howser conducting informal interviews with the locals. He also produced derived shows including California's Golden Parks, California's Water, Visiting... with Huell Howser, Our Neighborhoods, The Bench, Road Trip, "California's Golden Fairs," and various specials.

    His distinctive style as host of his various travel shows led to him being impersonated and lampooned by many different comedians and radio personalities, such as Adam Carolla, Dana Gould and James Adomian.

    Other work

    Articles written by Howser have appeared in Westways, the magazine of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

    Howser spearheaded a failed effort to save buildings at the Long Beach Naval Station by African-American architect Paul Williams from being demolished.

    Matt Groening has stated he is a fan of Howser, and has featured him in two episodes of The Simpsons: "There's Something About Marrying", where a character named Howell Huser fell off a turnip truck, and "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?", where the real Howser is presenting a program similar to Marc Summers's Unwrapped television program. Howser received a voice credit for the episode.

    In 2011, Howser voiced The Backson in the post-credits scene of Walt Disney Animation Studios's 2011 feature film, "Winnie the Pooh."

    Political views

    Howser revealed his disgust with both major American political parties, as well as his empathy for undocumented immigrants, in a 1999 interview with a Riverside County newspaper.

    Howser appeared in the film Who Killed the Electric Car? as he saw a Honda EV+ get shredded.

    Personal life

    Howser lived in the historic El Royale Apartments in Los Angeles. Howser put his unusual three bedroom, three bathroom, Newberry Springs, California, landmark residence (dubbed "The Volcano House", on the market for $750,000. Howser then donated the house to Chapman University.

    Howser mentioned his being a Methodist during his episode covering the Nevada County Fair on California's Golden Fairs.

    Retirement and death

    On November 27, 2012, the Sacramento Bee reported that Howser was retiring from making new shows. Howser died on January 6, 2013 of natural causes after battling what his producer and longtime friend Ryan Morris described as a "long term illness". He was 67.

    "Yeah. I understand the mechanics of it, shithead. I just don't understand how this is any less retarded than what I'm suggesting." - Kiley; Housebound.
    this really bummed me out... i can't even remember when i started watching huell's shows.

    for the uninitiated, huell was a california icon and a really decent person... who was always amazed, entusiastic and swept away by the simple things in life... like rocks, leaves, wind, tortilla factories, cans of spam, donuts, the color 'perrywinkle' and all the other stuff we take for granted... i'm sort of kidding and sort of not.

    some of his video podcasts are available for free on itunes... you chould check them out.

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    also, all of his shows are streamable from the chapman university site: http://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/

    "Yeah. I understand the mechanics of it, shithead. I just don't understand how this is any less retarded than what I'm suggesting." - Kiley; Housebound.

    "Yeah. I understand the mechanics of it, shithead. I just don't understand how this is any less retarded than what I'm suggesting." - Kiley; Housebound.
    Sorry for your loss, spork. I am not familiar with the guy but apparently he was a treasure. RIP

    Wildcard is awesome.

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