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'California's Gold' Host Huell Howser Dies

The folksy television host who visited California's hidden gems died in early Monday morning in Palm Springs of natural causes.

Longtime Southern California television host Huell Howser, who used his folksy interviewing style to introduce viewers to little- known Golden State locales and the state's unique residents, died today at age 67.

Howser died in Palm Springs at 2:35 a.m. of natural causes, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office.

Howser was best known for hosting the public-broadcasting series "California's Gold," which ran for 19 years.

He started his television career at WSM in Nashville after graduating from the University of Tennessee, working for a United States senator and serving in the Marine Corps. He hosted a magazine-style series at WCBS in New York City before moving to Los Angeles in 1981 to work as a reporter for CBS2, according to his website.

He joined public television station KCET in 1987 to produce "Videolog," short programs featuring people's unique stories. The series later expanded to people and places throughout California.

Howser quietly retired from "California Gold" late last year, amid rumors about his failing health. His assistant, Ryan Morris, told the Los Angeles Times in November that Howser was retiring from filming new shows, saying he "is just trying to get away from television and enjoy some free time."

Sandy Blaser January 08, 2013 at 04:38 PM
And what are you????? Who are you????? a POS......
Ray Russell January 08, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Well put Teri, Huell will be missed by his many fans. I have also been drawn to visit places he visited over the years. My condolences to his family and close friends.
Vito Spago January 09, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Looks like the Walnut patch has a new policy regarding name calling. Seems it must be acceptable now since Valden and Blaser were allowed to post in disagreement to my posts. Well they called me a jerk and POS. Well I call them Dickheads. I hope they enjoyed that show that was dumbed down to be able to entertain a 5 year old. I bored me within 5 minutes of watching, but to each his own.
Lydia Plunk January 09, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Amen. He contributed a great deal to the culture of his adopted state. I understand Chapman Univeristy has or will have the shows.
Benny Stein January 12, 2013 at 04:25 PM
How could anyone agree with Vito Spago when Vito Spago doesn't even exist. That's right. This numbskull doesn't even have the ----- to use his own name. That pretty much sums up his entire life, a life of uselessness.

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