Huell Howser, Travel Host For ‘California’s Gold,’ Dead at 67

The public television travel host explored sites in California, including Rubel Castle and The Donut Man in Glendora.

Huell Howser, who showcased the sites of California, including small towns and off-the-beaten-path locations, in his public television show “California’s Gold” died at his home in Palm Springs Monday, according to OC Weekly. He was 67.

Amid rumors about his failing health, Howser's retirement was announced in November. Howser's assistant confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Howser is "retiring from filming new shows or making appearances (or interviews) but the show will continue to air in reruns for awhile."

"California's Gold" ran for 19 years, according to the website. The show was an ode to the people, places and landmarks that made California unique. Howser's interviewing style and outbursts ("This is amazing!"), and its low-maintenance production style, made the show memorable.

Howser made a few stops in Glendora, taping episodes in the city’s landmark Rubel Castle, 844 N. Live Oak Ave, and at the popular doughnut shop, The Donut Man, 915 E. Route 66.

A native of Tennessee, Howser moved to California in 1981 to work as a reporter for KCBS-TV in L.A, according to his website. In 1987, he began to produce "Videolog" on KCET, which profiled people and local stories. The show later took on a California focus.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl posted his sympathies on his Facebook page Monday: "My deepest sympathy goes to my colleague Huell Howser. A true expression of integrity and a dear friend -- he will be greatly missed. I will now pray to him for strength as we continue our journey. God bless you, Huell."

Gustavo Arellano, editor of OCWeekly and author of several books, also posted: "RIP to one of the greatest Californians ever..."

Share your favorite memories of Huell Howser or your favorite "California's Gold" episode in the comments below.

This article was compiled with information from City News Service.

Steven Hanson January 07, 2013 at 10:50 PM
I was not a hard-core watcher of Huell's programs but I saw enough to realize that he opened the eyes of all Californians as to what exactly we have in this state...all of it pretty terrific. I learned about places I didn't know about and history I didn't know existed. For those reasons alone, I hope someone names a major state park, beach or highway after him.No one promoted California in a more positive way than he did. Personally I think Hwy 101 from L.A. to San Francisco should be dubbed The Huell Howser Commemorative Highway. It seems fitting.
Scott Rubel January 08, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Having been interviewed by Huell in 1990 and again in 2011, I know how easily he could put a person at ease who is not comfortable in front of a camera. He gave us a lasting gift and his expansive spirit will be missed.
Vickie Bray-Kohama January 08, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Great friend of our family....will be greatly missed.... last time I saw him was at dinner with my grandparents.....such a swwet soul...... just a real nice guy.
Miki Osep January 08, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Huell Howser's shows were a refreshing change from the negativity on the local and national news broadcasts. I've learned so much about the state that has been my home for 44 years. After watching "Jeopardy," I always watched his shows. His death on Sunday was a big loss for California. God bless you, Huell. If only you could do shows from heaven. He will definitely be missed.
Patricia Sommer January 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM
He will be so missed. As a disabled person stuck on home his travel shows provided access allowing me to get around our golden state and see the sites in ways I could never have seen them otherwise.


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