To learn more about Huell Howser and to watch videos picked by some of his fans, click here.
Howser, who hosted several public television programs including California Gold, was 67. He died Sunday night of natural causes, said Ayan Allen, communication manager for KCET, which produces California Gold.
Howser is known for touring California with his handheld microphone and profiling the state's communities and attractions for programs like "California's Gold" and "Road Trip with Huell Howser" on KQED 9 and other public television stations. He retired late last year. From the website for Howser's production company:
Huell had a simple idea: if he traveled the state with an open heart and an open mind, a microphone and a camera, he would uncover a treasure of California stories.
"We operate on the premise that TV isn’t brain surgery. People’s stories are what it’s all about," says Howser. "If you have a good story, it doesn’t have to be overproduced. I want our stories to reveal the wonders of the human spirit and the richness of life in California, including its history, people, culture and natural wonders."
A native of Tennessee, Howser worked in Nashville and New York City before coming to Los Angeles in 1981. He began working at KCET in 1987.
TV and movie personality Andy Richter is among those who've Tweeted about Howser's death; Matt Groening, creator of "The Simpsons," praised him when he retired last year. Fans also are sharing their condolences on KCET's Facebook page.
Below are other Tweets memorializing Howser, as well as videos from his YouTube channel. At the bottom of this post is a map from KCET with details about the communities Howser visited.
Do you have a favorite Huell Howser moment? Share it in a comment at the bottom of this post.
RIP Huell Howser. You were truly California's Gold. 🙁
— The Roxy Theatre (@theroxy) January 7, 2013
"This is AMAZING! It's been here HOW LONG?" - Huell Howser right now in heaven.
— Steve Hely (@helytimes) January 7, 2013
"So this gate is made of pearls. That's why they call it the Pearly Gates. Woooow." RIP Huell Howser
— EdSalazar (@EdASalazar) January 7, 2013
Really sad about Huell Howser's death.Seriously, he was one of my all-time favorite TV people.
— Andy Richter (@Andy_Richter) January 7, 2013
— Marcus Mulick (@marcusmulick) January 7, 2013
Huell Howser, host of California's Gold on PBS, passed today. Let's keep exploring the wonders of our state the way he showed us. #RIPHuell
— Andrew Linstrom (@entonfire) January 7, 2013
Click on any pin in the map to learn more about Howser's visit to that community.
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