A Sunset Memorial For Beloved TV Host Huell Howser
LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge hosted a public memorial today for longtime local television personality Huell Howser at the Griffith Observatory.
LaBonge invited friends and fans of the longtime host of KCET's "California's Gold" to gather at the landmark observatory on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. for a sunset memorial.
Howser died of natural causes at age 67 Jan. 7 at his Palm Springs home. The native Tennessean, who had been a feature reporter for television stations in Nashville and New York City before moving to Los Angeles, endeared himself to public television audiences, taking viewers on the road with him to explore little-known attractions across the state.
His "California's Gold" show ran for 19 years on KCET.
"Huell had a tremendous enthusiasm for California landmarks like the Griffith Observatory," according to LaBonge, who was sworn into office by Howser in 2001. "And now we must say goodbye to our own California landmark, Huell Howser."
Howser was a U.S. Marine and an aide to former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker before starting his career in television.