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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

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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