An entertaining look at our state's rich history, cultural diversity, natural wonders, and amazing people. Hosted by Huell Howser.
California's Gold Previous Broadcasts
Pyramid (Episode #3004)
KQED Life: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Set against the San Francisco skyline, The Transamerica Building is one of the most distinctive structures on the globe. With its 48 stories and 212-foot spire, the Pyramid is San Francisco's tallest building, and is considered the most photographed building in the world. With 18 elevators, 3678 windows, approximately 16,000 cubic yards of concrete and more than 15,000 people working inside, it is truly a spectacle. Join Huell as he learns about the sometimes-controversial history of this California landmark and gets a very special tour, including a vertigo-inducing trip to the very top if the spire.
Clear Lake (Episode #3001)
KQED Life: Thu, Nov 29, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Clear Lake is located at the base of fabled Mt. Konocti and is California's largest natural lake. Much of the terrain around the 4200-foot Mt. Konocti was formed by lava flows and folding of the earth's crust. The lake has a rich history; evidence of human habitation dates back at least 10,000 years. More than 120,000 visitors each year enjoy picnicking, boating, camping and nature walks. Huell travels to this natural wonder and gets a very special tour including Anderson Marsh State Historic Park, which has a rich history itself. The Park contains 1065 acres of oak woodland, grass covered hills and tule marsh at the southeast end of Clear Lake. It has a rich Native American history and the original Anderson family home is open to the public for tours. Huell travels the marsh and lake by boat and learns about the rich natural and human history that makes Clear Lake such a wonderful example of California's Gold.
Dune Buggy (Episode #3002)
KQED Life: Wed, Nov 28, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Back in a Southern California garage in 1963 something amazing was happening. 36-year-old Bruce Meyers was building a car that would become an icon, the Meyers Manx... better known as the Dune Buggy. This simple car really springboarded "off-road" racing into the huge sport it is today, cutting more than 5 hours of the pervious Baja 1000 record in its first try. This, in turn, caught the eye of Hollywood: Elvis, Lucy & Desi, Scooby-Doo all jumped in for a spin. To quote Road and Track from 1976, "The Manx has to rank as one of the most significant and influential cars of all time. It started more fads, attracted more imitators... and was recognized as a genuine sculpture, a "piece of art." Join Huell as he gets many smiles per mile with Bruce Meyers, and a bunch of Meyers Manx owners as they trek through the So. Cal. landscape.
Emperor and the President (Episode #2013)
KQED Life: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 -- 10:00 AM
Like other states, the hierarchy of California's government begins with our Governor and weaves its way down through offices such as Secretary of State, Attorney General and Senator. What is surprising about California, is that we once had an Emperor and a President.
California's President William Ide emerged during the 24 days of the Bear Flag revolt of 1846. Ide posted a proclamation in Sonoma declaring liberty for California settlers, which set the stage for California's statehood. In admiration of his bravery and leadership, his fellow Bear Flaggers and other pioneers dubbed him President.
Later in the 19th Century, a wealthy businessman who had lost a huge fortune, walked into the office of the San Francisco Bulletin and proclaimed himself Emperor of the US and Protector of Mexico. From 1859 until his death in 1880, the eccentric Emperor Norton continued to issue proclamations, circulate his own currency and roam the streets of San Francisco dressed in aCivil War uniform. Residents and business owners humored the loveable character by paying him "taxes," providing him with meals and transpo rtation, and saluting him.
Although their titles are unofficial, Huell discovers that the legacy of our Emperor and President continues as he visits the locales frequented by Emperor Norton in San Francisco, Sonoma and the popular adobe named for President Ide in Red Bluff. Huell also pays tribute at both of their gravesites, permanent reminders of their contribution to California.