TV Host Huell Howser Dead At 67
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Jan 7, 2013 - 2:24:02 PM
LOS ANGELES—It was announced on Monday, January 7 that television host Huell Howser died in his Los Angeles home on Sunday night due to natural causes. He was 67.
Huell Howser. Photo courtesy of KCET.
"Huell was able to brilliantly capture the wonder in obscurity," KCET said in a statement. "From pastrami sandwiches and artwork woven from lint to the exoticism of cactus gardens and the splendor of Yosemite -- he brought us the magic, the humor and poignancy of our region. We will miss him very much."
Native from Tennessee, Howser moved to Los Angeles in 1981 to work as a reporter for KCBS. He also served as a weekend host and correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight" from 1982-1983. In 1987, he joined Los Angeles television station KCET, a former PBS affiliate, where he covered short topics, such as lint, for the show "Videolog."
Soon after, the travel program "California's Gold" began to air with Howser as producer and host. The show explored the natural, cultural and historical wonders of the Golden State and is now in its 19th year on air. Six other series were created based off the show with Howser including "Visiting with Huell Howser," "Road Trip with Huell Howser," "California's Golden Parks," "California's Green," "California's Water," and "Downtown." His shows could be seen in California, Oregon, Nevada and Tennessee.
In 2011, Howser stated that he was donating all episodes of his series to Chapman University private Christian college in Orange in order to have them digitized and made available for a worldwide online audience.
On November 27, it was announced that Howser was retiring and would no be filming any more original episodes of "California's Gold." Huell never married and was known for leading a very private life.
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