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Tiki Central Forums General Tiki Huell Howser PBS "California's Gold" host is retiring, (now, RIP)
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Huell Howser PBS "California's Gold" host is retiring, (now, RIP)
Dustycajun
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From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2013-01-07 2:54 pm   Permalink

Wow, sad news. I was just talking about his show on the Santa Barbara Stagecoach this morning at work. He worked to the end.

DC


 
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tiki1963
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From: los angeles
Posted: 2013-01-07 3:35 pm   Permalink



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=539jdK3eN1o

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A Frame
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Joined: Apr 16, 2009
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From: Mr. C's on the Coast Highway
Posted: 2013-01-07 4:33 pm   Permalink

It is really sad, he definitely opened my eyes up to many of the places, the history and most of all, the people that helped make California what it was and is today. The guy had one of the greatest jobs in the world.

It was also just his luck that the old KCET studios where he had an office was located right next door to the Tiki Ti!

This photo of the Tiki Ti's west wall was taken today by Mike Buhen Jr. It confirms that Huell experienced that "Tiki Mood" early on, courtesy of Ray and Mike Buhen, and most likely while sippin' on a Mai Tai or two after a tough day of filming in LA!



RIP Huell...you were AMAZING!!!


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2013-01-07 9:50 pm   Permalink

Good one, Anders!

"Everyone and everything was important. He was so engaging that even a show about a sandwich, a plant, anything, could be so fun to watch."


 
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VampiressRN
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2013-01-07 10:24 pm   Permalink

What a sad loss. It is a special person who works at an exceptional level while being ill. Bless him for his love of California and make so many of us even more proud of where we live. Love to see all the pictures of him hanging with Tikiphiles.
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2013-01-07 10:43 pm   Permalink

Mr. Howser hadda been the most likable fella . Well said Anders.

 
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bigtikidude
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Posted: 2013-01-08 12:07 am   Permalink

Although some people liked to make fun of him,
he wouldn't be so recognizeable if he was just a regular joe.
I am thankful for all the shows that he did over the years.

Keep on traveling Huell
Jeff(btd)



 
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Luckydesigns
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Posted: 2013-01-08 12:33 am   Permalink

Well put, Jeff. He was a character... but he was also very endearing with his quirky interviewing and low production value shows. He's gonna be missed.
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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-01-08 04:25 am   Permalink

As an east coaster, I am completely unfamiliar with him, but from all the things I've read and seen, he seemed like a heck of a guy.
Are his shows available anywhere?


 
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Dolewhip
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From: Sunny Southern California
Posted: 2013-01-08 05:27 am   Permalink

Huell Howser donated his life's work to Chapman University, and they host the entire "California's Gold" archive on their website. Every episode is available for streaming here:

http://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/

If you're interested in watching Huell's visit to Oceanic Arts in 2005, the direct link is:

http://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/2012/10/16/tiki-visiting-1310/

What a swell guy - he'll be missed.


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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2013-01-08 09:18 am   Permalink

He also donated THIS to Chapman University:



http://takesunset.com/2010/04/the-volcano-house-50451-silver-valley-newberry-springs/

It's not too far from Amy's Mojave Oasis



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MaukaHale
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From: The base of the Volcano
Posted: 2013-01-08 5:47 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2013-01-08 05:27, Dolewhip wrote:
Huell Howser donated his life's work to Chapman University, and they host the entire "California's Gold" archive on their website. Every episode is available for streaming here:

http://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/

If you're interested in watching Huell's visit to Oceanic Arts in 2005, the direct link is:

http://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/2012/10/16/tiki-visiting-1310/

What a swell guy - he'll be missed.



Thank you for posting this link. I enjoyed watching the OA show.

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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-01-08 7:13 pm   Permalink

Thanks a heap, DoleWhip.

 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2013-01-08 9:48 pm   Permalink

Huell Howser taught me to see the wonder all around.
He had the best job in the state, and I will miss him and his shows.


 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-01-09 01:55 am   Permalink

Huell was part of a New York show called "Lifetimes" in the 80s
here he does a show on the "Clash"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8BwJc1t9a0

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