Huell Howser, host of the long-running public television program California’s Gold, has passed away at age 67. Howser served as host of the show from 1991 until his retirement in November 2012.
Huell was a Tennessee native who began his television career in Nashville after a stint with the Marine Corps. After Nashville he moved to New York before he made his final move in 1981 to Los Angeles, where he served as a reporter for KCBS-TV. In 1987 he began working with KCET, the Los Angeles public television station where he later launched California’s Gold.
As host of the show, Huell was known for his friendly disposition in interviews, as well as his ability to “brilliantly capture the wonder in obscurity,” as KCET wrote on their memorial page.
The show was best summed up by a quote from Huell himself on the California’s Gold website, “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.”