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Huell Howser has died at age 67

Just announced 10 minutes ago.

by Anonymousreply 8905/22/2014

Forgot to link announcement

by Anonymousreply 101/07/2013

He was a genuinely nice man, a true gentleman.

RIP cool Huell, we'll miss you.

by Anonymousreply 201/07/2013

Retired in November due to health issues. Dies in January.

Any idea the cause ?


by Anonymousreply 301/07/2013

Sad. He was indeed a mensch.

by Anonymousreply 401/07/2013

He couldn't leave Death Valley. That's always a problem for naturalists.

RIP, I always liked you, Huell.

by Anonymousreply 501/07/2013

My favorite show of his was when he visited the soda shop in South Pasadena or something (maybe Eagle Rock). God, that was hilarious!

by Anonymousreply 601/07/2013

How did he die?!

by Anonymousreply 701/07/2013

r6 -- Soda Pop Stop!

in Highland Park!

They have sandwiches too, and candy!

by Anonymousreply 1001/07/2013

Cause of death: chronic hyperbole.

by Anonymousreply 1101/07/2013

R8,R9 you two need to bounce up and down on a land mine!

by Anonymousreply 1201/07/2013

Who is this person? Never heard of him.

by Anonymousreply 1301/07/2013

go to youtube and enter his name. He's a PBS celeb who really connected with a lot of Californians. He also happens to have been gay, but that really never was part of his celebrity.

A genuinely nice guy.

by Anonymousreply 1401/07/2013

Huell liked his boys young...real young.

by Anonymousreply 1501/07/2013

No he didn't--R15, he went with handsome men in their twenties.

by Anonymousreply 1601/07/2013

67? No. More like 77.

by Anonymousreply 1701/07/2013

Dream on R16.

by Anonymousreply 1801/07/2013

How is Luis holding up?!?!

by Anonymousreply 1901/07/2013

[quote]he went with handsome men in their twenties.

That geezer was perving on guys 1/3 his age? ewwwwww.

by Anonymousreply 2001/07/2013

Tracey Ullman in character with Huell. Hilarious!

by Anonymousreply 2101/07/2013

bump for the idiot who started another thread.

by Anonymousreply 2201/07/2013

Can R22 die next?

by Anonymousreply 2301/07/2013

Huell was gay.

by Anonymousreply 2401/07/2013

Color me SHOCKED, r24.

by Anonymousreply 2501/07/2013

Could someone start another thread about this?

by Anonymousreply 2601/07/2013

I have no idea who this is, but I'm sure you're ALL going to tell me that he was GAY too!

by Anonymousreply 2701/07/2013

Who gets his Ford Edge?

by Anonymousreply 2801/07/2013

He was one of the original reporters on "Entertainment Tonight."

by Anonymousreply 2901/07/2013

...for a show on downtown Los Angeles' historic Eastern Columbia Building, Howser was almost breathless, surveying the gold-leaf entrance: "Look at this … look at this entrance! What in the world were they thinking when they built things like this?"

by Anonymousreply 3001/07/2013

I'm sensing Huell died of pancreatic cancer. For some reason I get these messages out of blue.

by Anonymousreply 3101/07/2013

Could he have been POZ?

by Anonymousreply 3201/07/2013

He had big paws but I didn't hear rumors about him being HIV+.

by Anonymousreply 3301/07/2013

in his day total power bottom

by Anonymousreply 3401/07/2013

[quote]And though he was generous, Howser, who was never married, was intensely private, rarely giving glimpses into his own life. He had an apartment on Rossmore Boulevard, but also lived in his "dream house" in Twentynine Palms, which he decorated with mid-century furniture he bought from second-hand stores in Palm Springs.

by Anonymousreply 3501/07/2013

His "day" was in the 70's & 80's, so he might have been positive. Most positive people are quite stable on their cocktail meds. I still don't thin Huell was HIV+.

by Anonymousreply 3601/07/2013

This is for another thread, but I wonder how the oldest HIV+ people are doing and if their ages are around H's or older...

Have MDs agreed that HIV+ people can have normal lifespans with current drugs?

by Anonymousreply 3701/07/2013

California Gold

by Anonymousreply 3801/07/2013

If you're a Californian under the age of 40, you grew up watching Huell Howser. Love the guy.

by Anonymousreply 3901/07/2013

The only thing in Twentynine Palms is a Marine Corps base. Hmmmmm.....

by Anonymousreply 4001/07/2013

[quote]Howser was aware that his ever-present cheerfulness was an eyebrow-raiser: "Sometimes, people say, 'Are you putting that on?'" he said in 2009. "That's kind of a sad commentary, don't you think? Like there's got to be something wrong with someone who's enthusiastic and happy like that. Do I have bad days? Yes. Do I get depressed? Yes. Am I concerned about the state of the California economy and budget? I'm not some Pollyanna who doesn't recognize that there's hunger and poverty and racism in the world."

by Anonymousreply 4101/07/2013

[quote] The only thing in Twentynine Palms is a Marine Corps base. Hmmmmm.....

Howser was a Marine so it stands to reason he'd feel at home near them.

by Anonymousreply 4201/07/2013

Great shows he did. His unbridled enthusiasm for his show's interestingly ordinary topics and the people he interviewed made "California Gold" fun to watch, especially being a Californian. His sudden retirement announcement weeks ago foretold an early demise, but still shocked.

The LATimes article seemed to give enough hints that he was closeted? Except for trying to place where his accent was from, as he didn't sound like a California native, I never even wondered who he was in private. No matter, as his work is his legacy. RIP.

by Anonymousreply 4301/07/2013

[quote] Morris declined to elaborate on the illness Howser had, except to say it lasted for two to three years. Morris also shared that Howser had spent the past six months at home, resting.

by Anonymousreply 4401/07/2013

Watching his shows were entertaining and educational. Sure they were just a "litte cheezy" but that was his schitck. RIP Howell, California won't be the same without you!

by Anonymousreply 4601/07/2013

I must admit, it really upset me to hear of HH's death. He made a solid connection with me.

Terribly sad he is gone.

by Anonymousreply 4701/08/2013

I went out to dinner with a group of friends in Palm Desert tonight. Everyone was upset and sad.

I used to see him in Palm Springs from time to time. Apparently he died in Palm Springs.

One hot daddy.

by Anonymousreply 4801/08/2013

huell had a taste for young, farm-fresh marine meat, hence the 29 palms house. and he could pull it too- he was hot in his 50's.

by Anonymousreply 4901/08/2013

H. decided he wanted no public or family services. He was private to the end.

One of his best friends was an LA City Councilman (or County Supervisor?). Anyway, he wants to hold a public bash, anyway, probably at Griffith Park, so Angelinos can say goodbye.

by Anonymousreply 5001/08/2013

During the '90s, Southern California was depicted by the mass media as a dark, scary place. Huell Howser stripped that away and found great interest and warmth in the diversity. While the homey features may seem quaint today, they were almost radical in their tone during a troubled time.

He brought the Southern good ole boy approach to the Southland and it shockingly worked because the regions were not really so different.

by Anonymousreply 5101/08/2013

I'd guess lung cancer, r3.

Diagnosis to death timeline is really fast.

by Anonymousreply 5201/08/2013

I googled his name and there were photos of him recently raising funds for City of Hope, which is a cancer hospital, I think.

He looked very bloated.

by Anonymousreply 5301/08/2013

link please R53

by Anonymousreply 5401/08/2013

Various photos

by Anonymousreply 5501/08/2013

OMG! He owned the volcano house.

by Anonymousreply 5601/08/2013

OMG someone no one ever heard of is dead.

by Anonymousreply 5701/08/2013

Too bad he was a Republican shithead.

by Anonymousreply 5801/08/2013

Huell never voiced a political preference not a single episode.

by Anonymousreply 5901/08/2013

Wow, very surprised to hear his passing. RIP.

by Anonymousreply 6001/08/2013

calling Huell Howser a Republican is stupid. Huell is in naturist to his core and would never support those who are against the environment.

by Anonymousreply 6101/08/2013

I liked it Huell.

by Anonymousreply 6201/08/2013

He had "I smell COOKIES!" voice.

by Anonymousreply 6301/08/2013

R61 naturist=nudist

by Anonymousreply 6401/08/2013

No, Huell was a Republican. Why? He was a Marine. He was Southern. He worked for Republican Senator Howard Baker.

by Anonymousreply 6501/08/2013

[quote]The private Howser was a little more modulated than on TV, of course. He was gregarious and forthcoming and thoughtful, yet also private — that mix of openness and circumspection that is perhaps as much a vestige of his Southern roots as was his accent. Nothing he said ever sounded like small talk: It's not that we discussed weighty matters necessarily, though sometimes we did, just that he gave little things their due.

by Anonymousreply 6601/08/2013

We've no proof Huell was a Repugnant.

by Anonymousreply 6701/08/2013

I liked him regardless.

by Anonymousreply 6801/08/2013

Republican or Democrat, it doesn't matter, the whole point is that he passed the smell test.

by Anonymousreply 6901/08/2013

So R34 he was a bottom? I got the vibe that he was a top. t

by Anonymousreply 7001/09/2013

He was the front page on some SoCal newspapers. Nice to see that he is getting recognized as a loss for California.

by Anonymousreply 7101/09/2013

R71, he was basically a one man California Chamber of Commerce. The State better acknowledge him.

by Anonymousreply 7201/09/2013

Huell Howser memorial, sunset salute to be held at Griffith Observatory

January 9, 2013 | 4:36 pm

Admirers of Huell Howser will gather at Griffith Observatory on Tuesday for a sunset memorial organized by City Councilman Tom LaBonge.

Huell, a beloved staple in California public television, died Sunday, prompting an outpouring of appreciation from fans and public figures alike.

"Huell had a tremendous enthusiasm for California landmarks like the Griffith Observatory," LaBonge said in a statement. "And now we must say goodbye to our own California landmark, Huell Howser."

Huell Howser: Career in pictures

The ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m., at the steps of the observatory, where there will be speeches given in tribute until 5:07 p.m., when there will be a sunset salute.

As the host of programs like "California's Gold," "Visiting," and "Road Trip," Howser was known for his down-home demeanor and contagious enthusiasm ("Would you look at that!") for the subjects he covered, which ranged from well-known California travel destinations to obscure roadside attractions and intriguing everyday people.

by Anonymousreply 7301/09/2013

Huell during his Entertainment Tonight days, reporting from the 1982 Grammys.

by Anonymousreply 7401/09/2013

I kinda wanted to drill his ass.

by Anonymousreply 7501/09/2013


by Anonymousreply 7601/09/2013

Oh no, this is truly sad. I loved his shows aired on PBS going on road trips to weird and unusual places. He was great. I even wanted to buy his DVDs to watch (but they were over-charging). He was a nice fun guy. RIP

by Anonymousreply 7701/09/2013

Huell was hung like a mule.

by Anonymousreply 7801/09/2013

I hope there is a big turnout on Tuesday

by Anonymousreply 7901/10/2013

He didn't die of HIV/AIDS. It was cancer and he found out about it last Fall and told everyone he was retiring. He knew he was going to die and needed time to deal with it.

He was once a big Marine. No steroids. He was naturally built big, muscular.

Don't know about all this stuff about him being a chicken hawk, but so what? Most gay men are attracted to the youngsters.

He was a good guy and he'll be sorely missed. It's very sad. I hope there's a huge turnout at the funeral to pay tribute to the hours and hours of fun cheezy adventures he gave us!

by Anonymousreply 8001/10/2013

I moved out to the East Coast nearly a decade ago and had forgotten about Huell Howser. Hearing of his death makes me homesick for Los Angeles...or more accurately nostalgic, for the 90's when I was much younger and in high school and a future beckoned.

Oh well. California Gold was a great show. You could see how much Howser loved the state-all of it, big and small.

I'm heartened to read in the LA Times that Howser donated his work to Chapman College with plans to digitize and distribute it online. Hoopefully, they'll make it free and accessible for all. Those shows are an important educational and historical resource for Californians.

by Anonymousreply 8101/10/2013

Huell Howser died of prostate cancer, death certificate says

January 17, 2013 | 10:29 am

Huell Howser: Career in photos

Public television star Huell Howser died of metastatic prostate cancer, his death certificate filed in Riverside County states.

Howser, 67, died at his home Jan. 6, but a cause of death was never publicly revealed. He was best known as the star of the public TV series "California's Gold," which focused on unique and familiar places in the state.

Fans held a public memorial Tuesday afternoon at Griffith Observatory. Many spoke affectionately of the TV celebrity.

In November, Howser announced his retirement from the show he had launched in 1990. He was a private person who rarely talked about his personal life and didn’t speak publicly about his struggle with cancer.

For many, his cheerful demeanor will remain one of his greatest attributes.

"No one said 'Wow!' like Huell Howser -- everything about California turned him into a kid on Christmas morning," Martin Kaplan, the Norman Lear chair in Entertainment, Media and Society at USC, told The Times. "He was about as far from irony as you can get. He made corny cool."

by Anonymousreply 8201/17/2013

With laughter and tears, fans bid farewell to Huell Howser

Hundreds remember the folksy TV icon, who died last week, at Griffith Observatory in a ceremony organized by L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge.

By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times

January 16, 2013

by Anonymousreply 8301/17/2013

The farewell ceremony took place at dusk, with people singing and dancing to "California Here I Come" as the sun went down.

by Anonymousreply 8401/17/2013


by Anonymousreply 8505/22/2014

He looked like that idiot pawn shop owner.

by Anonymousreply 8605/22/2014

Do not tell me! He's DEAD? Oh, MY Gawd!

by Anonymousreply 8705/22/2014




by Anonymousreply 8805/22/2014

She still dead.

by Anonymousreply 8905/22/2014
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