Huell Howser Memorial Set for Tuesday

The ceremony will honor the longtime KCET star of "California's Gold" who died of natural causes Monday.

A public memorial for longtime Southern California TV host Huell Howser will take place Tuesday at the Griffith Observatory.

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom Labonge invited friends and fans of the longtime host of "KCET's California's Gold'' to gather at the landmark observatory at 3:30 p.m. for a sunset memorial.

Howser died of natural causes at age 67 early Monday 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,

His "California's Gold" show ran for 19 years on KCET.

"Huell had a tremendous enthusiasm for California landmarks like the Griffith Observatory,'' said 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.

A shuttle to and from the observatory from the the Greek Theatre parking lot will be offered for overflow crowds, LaBonge's office said.

Tuesday's sunset will be at 5:07 p.m.

-- City News Service

El Toro Resident January 10, 2013 at 01:42 AM
This dude was the Coolest, a Legacy he is leaving us. Our State is richer because of him.
Richard M. Loff II January 10, 2013 at 01:55 AM
I meet him in person some many years ago and he was as on TV the same caring person in real life. what a great person he was. We watch his California Gold all the time , and have visited some of the many places that he brought to us. Rest in peace Huell. You will be missed. RML.
JustUs January 10, 2013 at 04:00 AM
I would never take the time to go to the memorial. He was just a TV character to me. WIll it be shown on TV? I may watch it then.
Janet Whitcomb January 10, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Many thanks to Patch for letting us know about the memorial, and additional thanks to Councilman Tom Labonge and his staff in arranging the service. The Griffith Observatory is an inspired location. But I doubt that even the largest auditorium in this state could accommodate all the folks who’ve enjoyed Mr. Howser’s work and become caught up in his enthusiasm. Those of us unable to attend will be thinking of Mr. Howser and hoping for a particularly wonderful sunset this coming Tuesday. But if rain occurs, or even a snow flurry—well, that’s okay, too. For if those of us who’ve enjoyed his shows weren’t already easy-going, flexible, and a tad bit philosophical about our state and its nuances, Mr. Howser definitely has set us an excellent example!
JTTPW January 10, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Please remember that the Patch team is graded by the amount of comments that are posted; the more comments, the better the rating. I strongly suspect that JustUs is a plant, posting objectionable comments, in order to draw additional comments. Strongly suggest he be ignored, eventually he will dry up, and blow away.
MFriedrich January 10, 2013 at 07:46 PM
I really didn't know about him before. Watched some of his programming. Very amusing. I see that he could never quite shake that charming Tennessee accent of his. RIP dude.
CDC January 10, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Gee, thanks for informing us your personal agenda. I will inform the press. Also, what "TV character". I did not know he was portraying somebody other than Huell Howser. Was he some TV character we ALL did not know about? Please tell us all. You seem to know everything about the guy.
CDC January 10, 2013 at 08:50 PM
I think you are right.
Roy Rivenburg January 10, 2013 at 08:52 PM
JustUs isn't a plant and you're wrong about grading. But keep those conspiracy theories coming!
JustUs January 10, 2013 at 09:20 PM
CDC, Huell was an actor. Just like all movie and TV personalities are. I know what I saw on TV. He was a good entertainer. And he had a good show. But I did not know his off-camera persona. And he wasn't a personal friend or relative of mine. Therefore I will not attend his memorial. To me he was just a TV entertainer - and he was a good one. But that's not enough to make me drive a couple hours in traffic to attend his memorial. To me he just wasn't that special. Sorry for my opinion. Do you want me to lie? But I would watch his memorial if it was on TV. Okay? Does that make you happy?
JustUs January 10, 2013 at 09:24 PM
I am not 'a plant' at all. And I resent such an implication. I am a human being with opinions. And I love my 2nd Amendment and make as much use of it as I can. I am only an honest commenter who may voice an opinion or two that you may not like. Tough tookies. If you don't like it, lump it! I think The Patch should eliminate YOUR post since YOU make a FALSE ALLEGATION that impacts THEIR REPUTATION. How did that feel?
RealOC January 11, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Rest in peace Huel , I always watched you growing up if you were on i was watching no matter what! YOu made me and Im sure others realize the beauty of the simple things in life and made me want to explore and see whats out there!!
Anthony Adams January 11, 2013 at 12:56 AM
You chose California and California chose you,Huell--a real 'California Golden Boy'--in every truest sense...Thanks for all of your shows--love all of them and am so happy that you left them for us to continue to experience...Rest In Peace XX
Karen Ferretti January 11, 2013 at 01:09 AM
We are big Huell Howser fans and we will miss him. He really knew how to make people feel comfortable, and we loved every place he visited and even went to a few ourselves. He truly showcased all that was good about California. If you didn't get to know him from his shows, then you missed out. However, I'm sure he'll be on for years to come in repeats, which would be fine with me. RIP Huell
Tommy January 11, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Thanks for deleting my post , patch. Justus can spew all his garbage but you delete my post. Thanks. I'll make it brief. Huell was a marine , Justus you sir are a coward.
JustUs January 11, 2013 at 02:44 AM
What does Huell being a 'Marine' have to do with any of this??? heh. Really, I don't get your point. To me Huell was a TV personality. That's all he was to me. He was entertaining. That is simply not enough to persuade me to go to his memorial, Tommy. If it is for you, fine. Then go. It's not for me. I didn't even know Huell outside his TV character. Am I supposed to worship him or something? What exactly do you expect from me? I am a veteran myself. And I applaud Huell for his service. Still, that is not enough to make me go to his memorial. I only go to memorials for friends and family. Is that okay with you, Tommy. Or should I change my views on life to please you? So how does that make me a "coward"? You have a very strange thought process.
Tommy January 11, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Apologies to others for the harsh language. This Justus character is just really , really , really annoying like a fly that just keeps buzzing around and landing In your dinner.I guess I just really enjoyed the show and it was a mix of the sleepy towns and the upbeat host alway digging for something interesting. It's a bummer. And so is mr annoying man. RIP Huell !!!
Lily January 11, 2013 at 06:01 AM
Stop the bickering. You are making me home sick. (btw). Huell howser was a rock star to us PBS nerds....
JustUs January 11, 2013 at 06:40 AM
Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..............I just landed on your roast beef. Yummm! hah hah. :^)
PK January 11, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Always enjoyed Huell and his out of the way California gems that he would stumble upon and then get the story about. Cool, quirky spots that make the real California what it is to those of us who were born here, and those who visit. He always seemed so interested and excited to tell the story of an obscure landmark. ps- PBS is not so nerdy when you compare it to the rest of the crap on TV.


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